Re "Support for unions sours among public" (Page A1, Dec. 13): Support for unions is falling not because the unions have it so good, but because private sector workers without unions have it so bad. Public workers arent overpaid; private workers who lack the power of collective bargaining are underpaid. While the Walton family pockets $15 billion or more every year, the employees at Walmart are struggling. Although we see the direct cost of public salaries and pensions, we fail to understand the indirect costs we pay for both the obscene profits of corporations and the social services that low-wage employees need to survive. Money does not grow on trees. Salaries, pensions, profits and other financial transactions are funded by people, whether through taxes or at the cash registers. Vulture capitalism is destroying the middle class, and only strong unions can compete with the power of management.
-- Marlene Aderman, Roseville