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Wary of unions

December 24, 2008

Re "Obama picks union-backer for Labor post," Dec. 19

Let me get something straight here. We are to understand that the autoworkers' unions and management are jointly responsible for the crippling of the U.S. auto industry.

The president-elect states that he has chosen Secretary of Labor-designate Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte) because she will return the Labor Department to its rightful place as a strong, effective and forceful advocate for, among other things, labor unions.

I interpret this to mean the return of the unions' past inflexible demands and threats as a means of getting their way in contract negotiations.

Is this the "change" we want -- all-powerful labor unions alongside all-powerful managements of businesses?

Bob Aronoff

South Pasadena

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