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    The gender pay gap — one more solid argument for labor unions

    The article “Editor loses job in equal pay clash” (Metro, Feb. 1) once again focuses attention on the issue of pay inequity that is adversely affecting women in the workplace. As a retired Amtrak and commuter rail locomotive engineer with 39 years of experience, I am surprised that media outlets have not mentioned that labor unions are a conspicuous exception to this abhorrent practice.

    Whether someone is an airline pilot, schoolteacher, nurse, or construction worker, there is no gender pay gap for employees of equal seniority performing the same job. Antilabor strategists through the years have routinely characterized unions as archaic and obsolete, but labor leaders have a common goal: to provide fair wages and benefits, including affordable health care, to all employees, regardless of gender or ethnic background. And that’s the way it should be.

    Richard S. Prone


    The writer is a former chairman of a Boston local in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.