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Unions' 'might makes right' solution

Published: August 10, 2013

Regarding “Unions magnify creativity to halt membership drop” (Associated Press, Aug. 3): Nowhere was education or additional training offered by the unions for low-wage workers suggested as a solution to the problem. It seemed the unions' focus was to show workers how coordinated action can win concessions by forming organizations where they can directly bargain for wages.

Nor did the workers say why they should demand $15 an hour, versus the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. Have they improved their skills or learned new ones? Just wanting more money doesn't justify additional wages. It seems the unions' answer to their declining membership is to devise a better "might makes right" solution. That worked in the old days. New, real solutions are needed now.

Leona McKinley, Oklahoma City