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An editorial appeared in the March 4th edition of the Quad-City Times suggesting that public workers need protection from unions.

I suggest the opposite — that public workers, who view unions as their friends, need to be protected from self-serving employers and politicians.

The very concept of collective bargaining came about as the result of powerful groups taking advantage of workers. Individuals are unable to contribute constructively today in our complex society, and would be practically voiceless and powerless without organizing.

Collective bargaining does, in fact, tend to equalize positions when one party owns the job and the other must have that job in order to eat. Such a condition is inevitable in our society without that balance of power.

Finally, it is highly significant that unions and collective bargaining have never been permitted in totalitarian and communistic societies. So why would we want to reduce the protection of unions?

Steve Marinan

Dixon, Iowa

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