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    :: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 ::

    Union workers can blame lack of union loyalty - Letters, Allentown Morning Call, PA
    It is a crying shame that we have been losing our unions in this area. However, unions are only as strong as the people in them.

    I was a union meat cutter from 1991 to 1999 and know many people who had long seniority and all the great benefits fought for by the unions at Bethlehem Steel, Mack trucks, carpenters local, electricians local, to name a few.

    I was always perplexed when I would see them shopping at non-union stores. They would always say ''Well, it's cheaper.''

    Pity there aren't many union stores left in the Lehigh Valley anymore, they can't compete with the non-union stores.

    If you took a poll of all the carpenters and construction workers driving that big rat around, how many of them did their Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart?

    How many of them do side jobs getting paid under the table and taking other union jobs?

    We are a self-absorbed society. The unions of yesterday are gone with all of the people who fought for them.

    Those were the hard-working men and women who truly understood the need for unions and were loyal to all unions.

    Eric Humes
    New Tripoli
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