Ray Cartwright: Amend. 47 hurts us all

To the editor:

In support of Mr. Wilson's letter, here are some facts from the "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

1. Statutes prohibit employers and unions from voluntarily negotiating a union security agreement.

2. Federal law requires unions to represent nonmembers so dues-paying members are forced to subsidize union services as stated in the National Labor Relations Act, formerly the Wagner Act.

3. An average worker in a right-to-work state earns about $4,830 a year less than a non- right-to-work state.

4. Hispanic union workers earn, on average, $207 more per week and African-American union workers earn $175 more per week than nonunion members.

5. Union women earn $144 per week more than nonunion women.

6. Right-to-work states have a higher poverty rate and infant mortality rate. Schools also get, on average, $1,680 less per pupil. Average teachers' salaries are $6,943 lower, and ACT scores are 3.55 percent lower.

7. Workman's compensation benefits are less in right-to-work states, and workplace deaths and injuries are 41 percent higher.

8. When workers earn higher wages, consumers have more money to spend, leading to more jobs and less unemployment. This data is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Businesses like Cook Chevrolet have a "Love to Hate Union" relationship, but without the higher wage scale in the valley because of the union at Trapper Mine, Tri-State, Hayden Station, Safeway, and other unions in the valley, their sales of vehicles would be much lower.

As you can see, Amendment 47 doesn't hurt just the unions, but it also hurts the schools, health system, small businesses, city, county and every individual in the state in one way or the other.

Ray Cartwright



Patrick Germond 5 years, 6 months ago

I've decided that I can't vote for amendment 47 anymore. I'm going to support your article in public very soon. It will make it unanomous. Not one argument will be left in favor of 47. Our community could teach Washington a thing or two. My reason, at best 47 will cause some unions hell, and others great distraction. Now is not the time for that at all. Also, I still can not disprove that it may indeed be a freeloaders bill. Plus I've lost all faith in 47 being somehting useful. It is written sooooooo badly. Thanks for your article. You should write in more often.


Patrick Germond 5 years, 6 months ago

P.S. I can't believe you guy's have me about to write a pro union article. I feel like I've been through re-education captivity. Just kidding. I believe in people being wrong, just not staying wrong. Thanks for all your help and I'm sorry about how long it took. I'll try and make your efforts worth the work.


als362 5 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations Patrick. I was hoping you would see the light. Thanks


Ray Cartwright 5 years, 6 months ago

Patrick, I thought that you were just another one of those people that once you get something in your head there is no changing it by the way that you dropped off the face of the earth for a short time. Now I would like to see an editorial from Bryce recinding his support for Amendment 47. I do know that Tri-State has agreed not to support it along with several business' throughout the state. But of course Jake Jabs and most of the Coors family will never agree to do that. I say most because there is ONE member of Coors that is against 47. Something to remember when you are ready for your next purchase

That offer for coffee still stands by the way.


Patrick Germond 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks big guy. I talked to Bryce in passing and told him I was going to change my stand. I told him if for no other reason could be found other than in this upcoming economic melt down that unions may be the only representaion for a decent working wage out there. I want them, don't pass out, I want them to be as strong as they can possibly be. Bryce was to busy to talk so I don't know how he feels.

I've writen the article. I have to work it over for a day or so then I'll turn it in.

I was gone for two reasons. One I was really busy. The other was I wanted to make sure it was my choice and I wasn't being talked into it. I laid awake at night thinking about lonely one. The wife of a union worker for years. This amendment was scaring her. I couldn't stop thinking about it. If I was to care the least bit for my neighbors then simply changing my vote and support because a neighbor asked would be one of the easiest things I could ever do. I truely don't know why I didn't see that all along. I never wanted to shut the unions down. After the last point about freeloading came up I felt I may have or would soon to be part of doing just that. I hate it when we get sold something that is much different than we thought. I am so glad we got it worked out completely, and in public view. A lot of people started off the way I did, now we've mostly all come around.

I'll have to call. We should get together. I'll try for next week. Thanks


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