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August 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Minimum wage and unions in Washington and beyond

Column was misleading

A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against "wage theft" by their employers in Seattle, on Thursday, August 1. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against “wage theft” by their employers in Seattle, on Thursday, August 1. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

To say that today, “more American workers are excluded from the legal right to form a union than currently have union representation,” as David Rolf stated in his column with Nick Hanauer, is totally misleading. [“Guest column: Seattle leads the chorus for a living wage,” Opinion, Aug. 11.]

The right of any citizen to join or associate with any group such as a union is in our Constitution by the First Amendment.

His interest in raising the minimum wage may be influenced by his position as a union president. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour could double the dues income to his local.

Donald Shuper, Redmond

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