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Federal workers fine with optional dues [Letter]

The theory that not having mandatory dues for public employees ("Paying one's dues," Jan. 23) will lead to "workplace upheaval" of "constant conflict" between union and non-union workers is belied by the fact that such a situation does not happen in the real world.

As an employee of the federal government for almost 30 years and having served in five different federal agencies, I have never observed nor heard mention of a single instance of "upheaval" or "conflict" because of who pays or does not pay dues. The vast majority of federal employees go about their business of doing the best job that they can regardless of whether their co-worker pays dues, and in virtually all cases they do not even know who pays dues.

Paul Konka, Phoenix

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