Printed in the Warsaw Times Union
February 14, 2013
This past year 2012 has not been good for organized labor. In January, 2012, Right To Work (RTW) passed in Indiana. Then in December, 2012, RTW passed in Michigan. Iím glad to hear that President Obama spoke out against the "right to work Ė for less money Öthey donít have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics." (Michigan Goes Wrong with Right-To-Work Vote, Warsaw Times Union, Dec12, 2012 p5A). Where was he when RTW passed in Indiana? As a working person and a union member, Iím tired of left wing politicians who take our endorsement, take our support, and take our votes, then take us for granted once they take office. Iím also tired of being told American workers make too much money by right wing politicians who can and do vote themselves pay raises and benefit increases any time they want. Iím also tired of being told American workers make too much money by right wing pundits who forget as Gary Gerard said that workers are customers. Without unions, conservatismís base, the middle class would not exist. With reduced wages, workers have less money to buy goods and services and invest in savings and 401K accounts. Declining and stagnant wages prevent economic recovery. Iím tired of being told American workers make too much money by CEOís who make more money in a year than most of us will make in a couple of centuries. As a fellow employee of mine put it, "Working people donít want it all. We just want our fair share of the wealth we helped to create."
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