Letter: For Unions and Against Freedom

To the Editor:

In Vermont, our teachers, school administrators and municipal employees do not have to join a union if they so choose. There are many of these workers who have decided that they didn’t need to join a union. On Feb. 1, our esteemed Vermont Senate passed a bill that would require all of these people to join a union. Now, people who are not in a union still have their pay and working conditions negotiated by unions. This bill requires them to pay 85 percent of what union members pay in dues, whether they want a union or not.

There were 29 out of 30 senators present for this vote. The vote was 26-3. The three Windsor County senators voted for this legislation. Did freedom of our own lives and our workplace get discussed? I doubt it. This is all politics and about re-election. Follow the performance of our senators this year. The majority in both the House and Senate can pass anything they want.

Gary Richardson