You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

letters | organized labor in massachusetts

Union clout is nothing to discredit

In his Dec. 9 op-ed “The 1 percenters in Mass.? The unions,” Charles Chieppo wrote about how unions have been the biggest campaign contributors in Massachusetts elections, and call organized labor the “ultimate 1 Percenter and the rest of us Occupiers.” As a proud member of a firefighters union, I can agree that unions and labor laws are far from perfect. But I was shocked to see Chieppo refer to himself in essence as a 99 percenter.

Chieppo is quick to discredit unions for their vast wealth and political power, but he fails to mention that in this ugly world of politics money is essential to winning elections. He also fails to mention that, while unions may have great wealth, this is hardly the case for many union workers.

Brendan Noonan

Somerville

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.