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November 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Machinists hurting Washington’s future

They are destroying jobs and increasing dependence on the government

I wonder if today’s unions and socialists (admitted or otherwise) realize to what extent they are destroying jobs and the area’s future [“Machinists vote no,” page one, Nov. 14].

They are accelerating inflation and increasing dependency on the government. Do they just not care or are those their goals?

People tend to think that unions are for people, when actually unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations. As opposed to unions, corporations that do well create more jobs. Are people really so naive as to think higher wages don’t lead to higher prices? If they don’t realize it now, they will when they’re retired (if they ever can), as I am, and don’t get automatic pay increases every year.

When I graduated from engineering school in Iowa and moved to Seattle to work for Boeing many years ago, my wife and I found a nice one-bedroom apartment in a brand-new building renting for $85 per month. After our first child was born, we moved to a two-bedroom in a different location, but the rent was over a hundred dollars a month!

Of course my salary was less than one-third of the minimum wage today, but way more than the twenty-five cents an hour I earned working part-time in a drugstore when I was twelve.

I suppose those folks losing jobs can move to a right-to-work state where more jobs are being created, the cost of living is far less and they’ll likely be better off.

Gary T. McGavran, Bellevue

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