The author of a recent editorial ``Labor in Balance,'' Sept. 13, feels ``labor'' should be protected from permitting a company, business, or anyone running a business from hiring replacement workers for unions that strike and will not sit down to negotiate.
As a former president of an AFL union, I can state that it takes two sides to reach an agreement that is reasonable. Unions have got to realize that the capitalist system has been the only one that has provided the quality of life we enjoy here in America.
Sure, there have been abuses on both sides, but to grant labor the power to close or bankrupt a company because the owner will not meet its demands is wrong. C. R. Foley, Peoria, Ill.
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