George Benjamin (11/6, Letters) said that as a teenager working on the docks of Maryland he was threatened by union organizers. I am not familiar with the dockworkers union. But I am sure that most docks in the U.S. are unionized, and that when you go to work on a dock, agreeing to join the union is part of the employment requirements. If Benjamin and his friends were not informed of this or were anti-union, I can see where the problem is.
I am a retired union man with 50 years of membership. I always received fair wages and health and welfare. Part of my hourly wages went into a retirement fund, which I now receive, along with the union health and welfare as my Medicare supplement.
I did have to pay union dues to the members who negotiated our contracts and made sure that the union rules, which included a day’s work for a day’s pay, were followed.
While I am not familiar with the wording of the Employee Free Choice Act, I am sure that the unions would not push an act that is un-American.