The omissions in Jeff Jacoby’s Feb. 28 attack on union fees are astonishing (“Government unions play politics with unconstitutional dollars,” Opinion). To justify the misuse of the First Amendment by the right wing in its assault on union agency fees, Jacoby claims that virtually everything unions do is political.
Yet nowhere in his hundreds of words does Jacoby mention that unions employ lawyers who are required to represent, for free, every employee, whether the employee joins the union or not. If an employee who refuses to pay dues is discriminated against because of race or favoritism or suffers sexual harassment, union members’ dues pay for the hours of legal representation that employee receives.
Imagine Jacoby’s outrage if a private company were required by the government to do anything similar. He’d be screaming government coercion from the rooftops.
At the same time, while he refuses to mention the clear nonpolitical activities that unions do, Jacoby finds plenty of room to insert ridiculously charged language to disparage unions. “Keep their paws” out of paychecks and “paying tribute to a union” are the kind of inflammatory phrases that are used to create a smokescreen to disguise the right’s true intentions: to destroy unions if they dare to support Democratic politicians.
The writer is a member of a public employees union.
Massachusetts’ attorney general should let stand this ruling that allows the recording of police and other government officials.Continue reading »
The ruling is ridiculous, but the case will likely head to the US Supreme Court, which does not represent anything close to the mainstream legal view on matters such as this.Continue reading »
Considering the substantial evidence that President Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, why aren’t we talking about impeachment proceedings in Congress?Continue reading »
The Supreme Court is not going to ban a World War I memorial that has stood, without objection, for a century.Continue reading »
I have always taken the Holocaust personally, and always will. But the world, I know, will not.Continue reading »
In him, racists have someone who will never unequivocally condemn them or the violence they commit.Continue reading »
Looking back, a Dartmouth alumna reflects on her own sexual assault and a current sexual harassment lawsuit that has been filed against the school.Continue reading »
Deposing oppressive regimes sometimes leads to greater oppression.Continue reading »
Nancy Pelosi showed once again that she’s a politician of formidable skill.Continue reading »