In reading the editorials and letters as I regularly do, I am again dismayed by what I read (Reader Forum, Feb. 8).
It is a shame how quickly we forget just what unionism in America brought us. Everyone, union and non-union, should take a minute to think about what the fight of the unions is and was about: a fair living wage and benefits to raise your family and possibly give them a better life than you have.
To think that less than 100 years ago you went to work in your teens, maybe even younger. You worked 12-hour days, 7 days a week.
Unionism is the reason the government enacted the child labor laws, workers' compensation, minimum wage and many fair labor/wage acts. Please remember that unions brought all of us, union and non-union, the five-day work week and the eight-hour work day. Also remember union members fought and died for those rights!
The odds are good that a generation or two ago someone in your family worked in a union shop. Those good wages meant that someone could go to college and would not have to work in the factories or fields like the generations before. Union members are just gathered together to improve their standard of living and the quality of their lives.
As unionism is waning in America so are our rights as workers. The poor economy is most certainly a union breaker and creates an atmosphere of worker exploitation. Do not blame the unions for the problems in America. I believe that we owe the unions in America a debt of gratitude for the quality of life that we take for granted so much.
Patrick M. Joreski