‘Right to work’ no help to workers

In response to the Wednesday letter, “State needs to be right to work”: I could not disagree more. Right-to-work states do not benefit workers, they benefit corporations. The writer is right in the fact that the Legislature in Michigan changed the law to be a right-to-work state in 2011 much to the dismay and massive protests of the citizens of Michigan. At the time the unemployment rate was at 8.9 percent; it is now at 9 percent two years later … big help doing that. I can certainly see where one would think that’s a good idea for the people of Michigan, it obviously created a lot more jobs by having those lower wages. Boeing would be smart to keep the production of the 777X in Washington state where the workers are highly trained and qualified to do the job. That “other” state they decided to go with is putting out “one,” yes, that’s right, “one” plane a month and guess who is making up the difference? Wait for it … yes, that’s right — the qualified workers in Washington state.

Boeing posts billions of profits every year as they are entitled to; they aren’t after all a non-profit organization. However, to consistently take away from the very people who actually put those profits in their pockets is unacceptable.

In regard to history, there is very good reason why unions were originally formed. To protect the workers from the shameful and awful working conditions they were forced to work in. While we may have many laws and regulations that protect workers today, it is because of the unions that we have these protections. There is something inherently wrong with the direction this country is moving.

Julie Barbeau

Marysville

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Dec. 12

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Robinson: Black reporter of civil rights era an inspiration

If Simeon Booker could brave lynch mobs, today’s reporters can withstand Trump’s tweets.

Saunders: Nothing sacred in a year-old designation of monument

Why shouldn’t Trump be able to undo what Obama created just a year ago by executive order?

Harrop: Give president credit for good economy; thanks, Obama

The economy’s gains during Trump’s first year have benefited mostly from the inertia of Obama’s terms.

Other voices: Let states lower Medicaid prescription drug prices

If Congress won’t take action to lower prescription drug prices, allow the states to take the lead.

Welcome home to the sailors of Kidd and Shoup

What a beautiful and inspiring picture on the front page of the… Continue reading

How can sexual harassment fund in Congress be kept secret?

How can Congress justify making secret payments to settle claims of sexual… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Dec. 11

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Yet another owner for The Everett Clinic

After its brief time with DaVita, uncertainty returns for the clinic with its sale to an insurer.

Most Read