This is in response to a letter about a proposed Kentucky "right-to-work" law. I wonder if the writer knows that all of the factories in Danville that have closed down or are laying off workers right and left are not union shops, but are non-union. The right-to-work laws are designed to destroy unions and not to help the working man. Whether you belong to a union or not, every worker in this country benefits. Who do you think got health benefits, retirements, 40-hour work weeks, safety standards and wages where we can live comfortably?
Since the union numbers have been declining every year since the 1990s, so have our health insurance, our workers' comp, our pensions, and safety in the workplace. We're working longer hours without overtime pay, and, most importantly, wages have gone down. Look at what the average starting wage is on all of these newly created jobs!