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5 Reasons America Needs Labor Unions
5 reasons America Needs Labor Unions
When Labor Unions were strong the middle class was strong.
In the years following World War II unions grew and the middle class prospered. Unions represented over 33% of the working class and we all benefited. In 2011 unions represent less than 12% of us and the Country is not doing so well. The middle class is struggling. The U. S. A. has a consumer driven economy and without a working middle class the consumer has no money. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone speaking for you in Washington D. C.? Wouldn’t it be good for the economy to have a strong middle class?
When the middle class was strong America was strong.
Germany has strong unions and they are doing well. In 2010 Germany’s 2.2% growth helped the euro zone outpace the United States. Germany is the fifth largest economy in the world and the largest in Europe and prides itself on its highly skilled labor force. Germany has strong Labor Unions, a strong green economy, strong public education, strong social security and unemployment benefits and a trade surplus. They also have higher income taxes than the United States.
They have strong unions representing working people and creating a strong middle class. Here in the good old U.S.A. we blame Unions and workers for our problems. Union busting is good for corporations and bad for you and me. It is also good for governments who don’t want to tax the few that have most of the wealth.
Corporations are profit centers and workers are a cost.
I have no idea how many CEO’s have received a big bonus for cutting costs by laying off workers. By cutting costs, profits go up. Profits also go up when they hire cheaper labor overseas. Profits also go up when they lobby congress for tax breaks. Profits also go up when they keep profits off shore so they don’t pay U.S. income taxes. You and I get less jobs and lower pay because we can’t compete with the children and low wage earners in China and Brazil and India and all the other countries where American Corporations create jobs.
Corporations can afford lobbyist you and I can’t.
Lobbyists represent corporations in our State capitols and in Washington D.C. They have access to our elected officials because their clients donate large amounts of money to the elected officials for re-election campaigns. You don’t have a lobbyist. You don’t have that access. You don’t get that kind of representation. It is a wonderful world when you have access to legislators who want to make you happy.
As of June 2011, American Corporations have one and one half trillion dollars in cash. That buys a lot of lobbyists. How many lobbyists do you have?
Labor Unions are the only organizations that solely represents working people.
Labor Unions only represent working people. Part of your union dues pays for someone to lobby elected officials on your behalf. Corporations don’t like this because they want to keep as much money as possible for themselves. They don’t want you to have higher wages, or better benefits, or more unemployment, or better workers compensation. Union lobbyist argues for you, the working majority. They are your voice, the voice of the middle class. They argue against eliminating or reducing Social Security and Medicare and unemployment and workers compensation. They work for you.
Since Unions are not nearly as strong as they once were, your voice has weakened. You can see the result of that in our economy. Those who have a voice are doing well. The rest of are paying the price.
You should also know that there is a huge amount of money spent by Corporations to convince you that Labor Unions are not good for you. They have been very successful. Search the AFLCIO website and get a feel for what Labor Unions are trying to accomplish for you. I think you will be happily surprised. I know you will be better informed.
Unions favor people over money. Most corporations favor money over people.