If you believe the Wisconsin governors attempt to bust unions does not affect you because you live in Colorado or do not belong to a union, you are wrong. Unions have long been a driving force in equal pay, fair wages, overtime pay, workers rights and a voice in their future, the 40-hour work week, health benefits, paid holidays, retirement and child-labor laws. Their wages set the bar for minimum-wage standards. If you enjoy any of these, then you are affected by what is going on in Wisconsin.
Republicans know unions also are a driving force in getting people to vote. Eliminate unions and you eliminate the middle class, which is already in rapid decline.
These quotes from Republican president Dwight Eisenhower say it best:
Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society.
Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice.
Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear from that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things, but their number is negligible, and they are stupid.
While the groups number is no longer tiny and negligible, it is still stupid. If the middle class has less, it spends less, and the economy slows or stops. If a $25-per-hour job is eliminated and replaced with two minimum-wage jobs, that is not growth, that is increased profit. If Republican politicians continue to work for the corporations that contribute to their campaigns including those sending jobs overseas who will be a voice for workers?
Unions are not dictatorships. The members are the union, each with a vote and no super-majority needed. If you are getting all your news on this from FOX, you are not getting all the news.
Mike Holmes, Durango