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Nor should you give up...but you should evolve.

Something you should have done over 30 years ago when, not RTW, but Globalization emerged. When your ranks were nearly 40% of the workforce down now to under 11%. When you should have started to shift your thought-process from the 1930's and looked AHEAD of you towards the 21st century. When you should have rolled out retraining and educational programs for your membership and their CHILDREN so that the VALUE of membership wouldn't tarnish and degrade over time to the perception it is today.

So...now you need to ask yourselves..."How do we SELL the value of our organization to our members to keep them and to future TECH-knowledgable children and teenagers????"

When you're ready to answer THAT question....let me know. Scott Espeseth, scott4wi@gmail.com


Right to work does not ban unions. It gives non-union workers the ability to work in a place that has accepted a union. If there is value in the "product" you provide then workers will naturally join and accept the dues required to be a member. If you can't force the dues then you must provide value and encourage loyalty enough that people chose to pay the dues.

Lynn Ellis

I live in a RTW for less state and belonged to the Union my entire 25 years at my job. I had worked in non union shops and didn't get health insurance, no paid holidays, no paid sick days, no savings plan and definetly no representation. Everyone says the Union doesn't do anything for its people but I will have to disagree. If we left it up to most companies to give us the benefits a Union fought for we'd be waiting till dooms day. As far as scabs (still collecting all benefits) go, they wouldn't join our Union and they were very proud of themselves for so called bucking the system. It made for a difficult place to work. I'm really not sure why this has gotten to the point it is because the Union just gives us a living wage and the benefits needed to bring our standard of living up to middle class. Is that too much to ask for?

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