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Forum: Reeder’s anti-union bias

Updated: October 7, 2013 1:24PM



Scott Reeder is simply a mouthpiece for business interests, most of whom are employers, not employees, so that’s where he’s coming from in the columns he writes for the newspaper. This is all right as long as everyone knows that this is the hat he’s wearing.

I’m pro-union. I worked for a union for a lot of years and have to say that, by and large, unions achieve the betterment of their members in particular and working people in general.

In his Aug. 27 column, Mr. Reeder states that “marketplace pressure” has reduced union membership. I think what “marketplace pressure” means in this case is that American workers have to compete with workers in Third World countries.

But this “marketplace pressure” from the Third World or even most of the rest of the developed world has not had much of a negative effect on the earnings and lifestyles of American CEOs. These are the people Mr. Reeder is speaking for when he advocates weaker labor unions.

Mr. Reeder doesn’t mention that unionized employees in Illinois have the right to negotiate union-shop contracts with their employers or open-shop contracts or options in between the two. Unlike non-union employees, unionized employees get to vote on this, along with many of their working conditions.

The real reason that Mr. Reeder advocates against employees having the right to negotiate union-shop contracts is that employees who have that right are paid considerably more and have better benefits and working conditions than those doing the same work in so-called right-to-work states.

When it comes to union money in politics, it pales by comparison with what business interests spend.

Maynard Jerome

Channahon

Seeking Metra Board applicants

As a Cook County commissioner I, along with my fellow commissioners from the western and southwest suburbs, have the responsibility to appoint a replacement to the Metra Board to fill the vacancy left by former chairman Brad O’Halloran.

Like many of you, I am incredibly disappointed by the mismanagement, lack of oversight and political games that have occurred at Metra.

The Metra Board is one member’s resignation away from not being able to maintain a quorum. This jeopardizes Metra’s future health and sustainability, as it could lose out on federal funding and other grant opportunities.

I would like to make the nomination process for a new board member in District 3, which encompasses the western and southwest suburbs, as transparent and open as possible.

I’m asking anyone who has an interest in filling this vacancy to apply by sending their resume and cover letter to my office at 118 N. Clark St., Suite 567, Chicago IL.

Exceptional applicants should hold an advanced degree, have management experience and possess a background in regional transportation. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and be a leader.

Jeff Tobolski

Cook County commissioner

16th District



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