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Being in a union means never getting fired

Letter writer Rosalind Ellis says that her union membership meant to her "job protection, seniority rights, benefits assured by contract and protection from arbitrary termination" ("A world without unions would be a terrible place," Dec. 19). She is absolutely correct.

The only issue is that all of this is guaranteed regardless of job performance or even despite one's performance on the job. No matter what happens, it's nearly impossible to be fired.

This is the reason that unions, which were important years ago, have become an albatross. Employees have to recognize that they must be responsible for their job performance or they will be fired, and unions prevent that.

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills

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