LETTER: Defending unions

The issue of unions has come up a number of times recently in this election season. Without unions there would still
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

The issue of unions has come up a number of times recently in this election season.

Without unions there would still be child labor, unsafe workplaces, and no middle class. If you have ever taken a vacation day, had weekends off, gotten paid overtime, didn't work in a sweat shop as a child, have a nice safe place to work, if you have any benefits at all -- thank unions. Unions caused all of these changes.

Wal-Marts are filled with "Communist Chinese made products" not because of unions but because of Wal-Mart's endless corporate greed. Under Sam Walton, Wal-Mart grew to its massive size selling only American made products. Upon his death the kids decided the billions of dollars they had were not enough. Prices would be the same no matter where the item is made. The difference is who gets the money. If it is made here the money stays here and is spent here by American workers, supporting other businesses. If it is made elsewhere a small amount of money is paid to foreign workers while the bulk goes to corporations and shareholders. Big money for the already rich stockholder class and less for everyone else.

Several countries in Europe are highly unionized (over 50 percent of all workers) and they are far ahead in health care, education, civil and workers rights, productivity, economy, etc. Not to mention the Euro is currently worth far more than our dollar.

Lastly, corporations and republicans don't want to pay American workers a decent wage, or pay them at all, but also don't want to pay the bulk of taxes when others lose their jobs. They don't want to pay into social programs, that the unemployed need to survive, but the corporations were the ones that sent the jobs overseas to begin with.

Keith Kovacs

Sandusky