Letters to the Editor

Up to people, not Haley, to decide about unions

Love it or hate it, people have the right to accept or reject unions, not government.

Gov. Nikki Haley and many lawmakers oppose unions. Does this involvement in fact kill the spirit of the law, if not the letter of the law, and its worth for worker equality, especially in a labor intense right-to-work state?

Here are some common-sense concerns. South Carolina is ranked 40th in adults having college degrees; education is badly needed for economic growth. Only 4.5 percent of South Carolina workers belong to unions, third lowest in the country. Forty percent of South Carolina's tax filers pay no state income taxes. Of those who do, 45 percent, or 900,000 filers, fall into the bottom taxpaying bracket of 3 percent. That's according to the state Department of Revenue.

Capitalism and democracy can go hand in hand. Certainly, management wants obedient workers for low pay; those workers want certain rights and benefits. Therein lies the ongoing difficulty. After all, rights and benefits are profit killers for companies. Is this Marxist view of capitalist exploitation by government?

To Haley, job killers are unions and corporate income taxes. South Carolina's corporate income tax, an important source of state income, will soon be gone. Haley said being anti-union is "the best tool for recruiting businesses." What is her tool to help South Carolina workers? Low wages, poor education? Love or hate unions, government is wrong to seize the freedom of the people for the gains of others.

Bill Mahaffey

Sun City Hilton Head