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Updated: December 9, 2013 10:52AM
Unions still needed
When you read articles or comments that people make about labor unions, you can easily tell if they know what they’re talking about, or if it’s just hearsay.
Before you open your mouth and say unions were once needed, but they’re not now, you should really be checking statistics. Unions are needed even more now than ever. If you look at statistics, you will see that as union membership decreases, so do wages, benefits, safety and fairness.
People always say union workers are lazy, sleep on the job, are guilty of nepotism and other crazy things, because they don’t have the gall to stand up for what’s right. There’s more nepotism in non-union companies, than in union shops.
The fact that certain jobs require certain skills, which corporations negotiated with the unions to make sure they had skilled labor on staff, was to both of their advantages.
Every single benefit we have today came from the fight these brave men and women fought in the past. The eight-hour workday, fair wages for a fair day’s work, sick leaves, vacations, family medical leave, overtime, healthcare benefits, safety rules and regulation, to name a few.
Thirty years ago, corporations made a decent profit, workers made a decent living, and this was a prosperous country. Now, the middle class is quickly disappearing, corporations are now making hundreds of millions or billions while we sit idle without jobs. The middle class workers took their eyes off the ball, believed in a corporate ideology and are now paying the price.
Until we re-unite, the middle class will continue to decline.