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Right to work for less

January 28, 2014

I disagree with Bradley Karbowsky's view (The Capital, Jan. 19 ) on right-to-work states, which at this point total 25 and growing. Right to work means just that, freedom of choice to not join a union in order to secure a job. Freedom of choice is also an American value, the same as freedom of speech. The cost comparisons Karbowsky makes about states like California , Illinois and Ohio are very misleading. He makes no mention of the high cost of living in these states. State, city and county taxes, along with real estate taxes and energy costs, will easily wipe out his claim of the $6,500 wage difference. I would like to point out that private sector unions such as pipe fitters, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, etc., negotiate with private contractors using private dollars and fall under ERISA laws regarding pensions and benefits. On the other hand, public sector unions such as teachers and government workers negotiate with politicians using taxpayer dollars. In closing, we should all work together to create good jobs for all Americans. Let's start with the Keystone pipeline. ROBERT J. ROBINSON Annapolis

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Source: Capital (Annapolis, MD)

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