For the record, I've spent most of my career in management. I have never belonged to a union.
have, however, become a stronger and stronger supporter of organized
labor the more I read and understand the facts about them and how the
once mighty American middle class came into being, grew, and prospered
primarily and almost exclusively because of organized labor.
We must be clear on facts.
rise and prosperity of the American middle class had precisely nothing
to do with any generosity or leadership principles of management.
Without the labor movement, there would have been no middle class
because there would have been nothing in it for management and the
shareholders to pay workers decent wages, provide for safe working
conditions, and for companies to have to negotiate some portion of the
wealth generated to be shared back with the workers that made goods and
The worker-management relationship
is symbiotic, but the movement in this country was been away from
organized labor for decades. Many would trace it back to Reagan and his
treatment of the air traffic controllers.
of when it began, the so-called "righ to work" laws are nothing more
than well-crafted marketing by Big Money and their puppets in state
legislations. It is designed to dupe Americans into believing that such
laws - presumably to give workers the "freedom" or "right to work"
without paying union dues in unionized shops - is what's best for both companies and workers.
That's absurd. Why should
on employee be allowed to benefit from collective bargaining done by his/her co-workers and yet not have to be required to pay their dues to fund the organization that handles the collective bargaining on behalf of all workers. How is that fair?
Right-to-work laws are terrible for the middle
class. The only jobs they are likely to create will be those that
are lower paying with fewer hours and fewer benefits. They will not be the kind
of middle class jobs on which anyone can live or raise a family.
Ask any Walmart worker.