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Support all American workers



Published: Sun, August 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Support all American workers

How serious are Ohio’s fire- men, policemen, teachers and others who want to repeal S.B. 5 in November? I wonder this because of how many foreign owned non-union vehicles were in the parking lot at the “Rally to Save Ohio’s Middle Class” in Columbus.

To me, anyone who supports collective bargaining via protest while sending profits to the coffers of foreign companies that go out of their way to bust unions on our soil is hypocritical at best. Especially with the second largest purchase Americans make outside of their home, their auto.

The Asian automakers introduced the two-tiered wage system that is currently hacking away at UAW worker’s pay and benefits. It is not hard to find facts on the Internet about the way foreign automakers avoid UAW shops here. To add insult to injury, U.S. taxpayers have subsidized more than $3.5 billion to build those foreign-owned assembly plants as they continue the assault on collective bargaining and the middle class in general.

How can anyone ask for others to support their cause yet blatantly show disregard for other union members with the same basic causes?

You can try to be part of the collective bargaining rights solution, but continued support of those companies who circumvent collective bargaining is part of the problem.

Barbara Toncheff, Chagrin Falls

Faculty Sabbaticals at YSU

In his column last Sunday, Ber- tram de Souza implied that YSU faculty take sabbaticals under the guise of doing major research. While I recognize that his column reflects his opinions, it seems to me that these opinions should have some factual basis. It is a fact that many faculty members at YSU take sabbaticals either to initiate a new area of research, or to learn new techniques in their own field, and much of their work could be called “major” research.

During my years at YSU, I had three sabbaticals. The first was at Carnegie-Mellon University with Sir John A. Pople, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. The second was with Professor Isaiah Shavitt at the Ohio State University. The final sabbatical took me for a semester to Cambridge University, England, where I collaborated with Professors A. David Buckingham and Peter Gill, and then for a second semester to the University of Florida with Professor Rodney J. Bartlett. All of these individuals are well-known and their work is well-respected in my field. Each sabbatical provided state-of-the art tools which enabled me to address new problems, and gave me a better background for interpreting on-going projects and planning future ones. My list of publications, which now numbers over 240 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, documents a trend of continuing work with these individuals long after the sabbaticals had ended. It also connects work done during these sabbatical to some of my most recent papers. Most scientists in my field would classify what was and continues to be done as major research.

Janet E. Del Bene, Ph.D., Warren

The writer is professor emerita of chemistry at YSU.

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Comments

1ytown67(22 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I find the amount of union workers who walk the picket line and then beg for help from the UAW to be hypocrites. They park their Toyotas, Nissans, and Kias at the union hall when they come for meetings and wonder why the Unions are going to pot.

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2VindyPost(436 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, let's "spin the wheel" (Of Fortune) just a tad. Hypocrit? Let's look into the mirror and point fingers once again? hmmmm.....(how many point back to you?)
Barbara Toncheff says...To me, anyone who supports collective bargaining via protest while sending profits to the coffers of foreign companies that go out of their way to bust unions on our soil is hypocritical at best. Especially with the second largest purchase Americans make outside of their home, their auto.

RE: One step further, Barbara... To ME, anyone who DOESN'T support collective bargaining is hypocritical, at best. Since the largest purchase Americans make is a home investment...who do you think built the structure? Labor. Construction, framing, roofer, siding, bricklayer, concrete finisher, electrician, plumbing, heating and cooling flooring, drywall, etc.

Many exterior and interior craftsmanship and professional /skilled/educated hirings are union-related. Consider the Roads your car drives on. black top or concrete.(summer /winter improvements) Consider the Bridges your car drives on. Consider Electric utility lines. Consider Sewer maintenance.
So to pinpoint a union member driving a foreign vehicle is like a non-union member obtaining a home. A tent, w/ a candle for light, a well to pump water, and American soil for turf would be suitable in that aspect. Careful what your debate spins.

I solved the puzzle and won.

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3VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Most residential homes today are not built with unionized labor, as no home buyer would be able to afford the home.

Meanwhile, I walked into a new store recently built with union labor and found the freshly paved parking lot already having sinkholes, the store doors were stuck open as they did not work, and the roof leaked like a river when it rained.

Have you ever gone into the men's room at the new Home Depot in Niles? The floor in there looks like a ramp for a pine car derby.

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4VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Correct, Union workers are their own worst enemy. In the construction industry, union workers actually try to cover up their poor or lazy workmanship...often at the expense or safety for the owner. That is why we need inspectors. Without the inspector, the Union worker would deviate from specificationsand requirements to suit his own needs. Union workers also steal from the jobsite. One hotel jobsite claims they lost over 10% to jobsite damage and theft by workers.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am all for buying American and I still look for that union label that has disappeared all across America, but unions have created their own mess and have had a lot to do with sending jobs overseas.

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