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I write in response to Justin Scheck’s cover story regarding the labor dispute at the San Francisco International Airport [ "Unions Wage Legal Fight At Airport," May 18]. I did not tell Mr. Scheck that I believed all card-check rules are bad for working people. As a former union organizer who spent seven years in the trenches organizing low-wage workers in the tough anti-union Southeast, I have personally used card-check agreements to achieve justice for workers. What I told Mr. Scheck is that when the mechanism is used in a corrupt manner, as it has been used here, it’s bad for working people. In any event, the focus of our litigation against the city is not solely about striking down the labor peace/card-check ordinance, but achieving a level playing field to organize workers. Indeed, if the city continues to misuse the card-check rule to favor SEIU over USA Local 1, then it is placing the rule in jeopardy. The central issue in the complaint against the city, which controls the Airport Commission, is its unfair and discriminatory application of time, place and manner campaign restrictions. By relying on an apparently neutral ordinance to unfairly enforce campaign restrictions, the city embraces a dangerous strategy. USA Local 1 faces significant opponents: the city and county of San Francisco, SEIU — the nation’s largest union, and a multimillion-dollar employer. Their goal is noble: to organize a democratic rank-and-file union for the airport screeners, the odds be damned. The spirit of Local 1 is what built the labor movement and they should be applauded for their efforts. Stephen Sommers San Francisco

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