Smart New York­ers know unions of­fer pro­tec­tion

Albany Times Union - - PERSPECTIVE -

Robert J. Bel­lafiore’s View­point “Unions pri­or­i­tize money over mem­bers’ rights,” Sept. 27, is flu­ent in the lan­guage of half-truths and de­cep­tions. The ideas he shared ap­pear to be hatched in a weak strat­egy ses­sion by New Choice NY, where he is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant, and come off as a des­per­ate and fee­ble at­tempt to try to con­vince peo­ple that the sole pur­pose of la­bor unions is to add money to their own cof­fers.

He starts by say­ing univer­sity pro­fes­sors are smart, and they don’t need union bosses. Univer­sity pro­fes­sors are smart, and that is why so many be­long to United Univer­sity Pro­fes­sions.

In March 2016, more than half of the full-time fac­ulty at The Col­lege of Saint Rose sought union rep­re­sen­ta­tion be­cause they lost trust in the shared gov­er­nance model when they had no in­put in fac­ulty lay­offs and pro­gram cuts.

Union mem­ber­ship re­sults in job se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tional trainthere ing for ca­reer ad­vance­ment, pay raises, pen­sions, sick leave, hol­i­day and va­ca­tion days, work­place safety and pro­tec­tions, and it pro­vides its mem­bers with a leg­isla­tive voice.

Bel­lafiore’s view­point twisted the facts about money. New Choice NY is all about weak­en­ing the work­ing class and puff­ing the fi­nan­cial pock­ets of the al­ready wealthy through pri­va­ti­za­tion. Why else would this or­ga­ni­za­tion care if some­one pays union dues?

Ask any­one work­ing in Wis­con­sin how much they lost when right-to-work be­came law. New York­ers learned from the Scott Walker dic­ta­tor­ship. And that is why smart New York­ers are stick­ing with their unions. Deb­o­rah Miles Clifton Park

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