This is Paul Lemmon on the need for organized labor. It’s an older video but it’s right on target as to why we need to have a strong, organized workforce.
” … it not only drove a collective voice for those it had collective bargaining on, it drove it for those that didn’t. Because IBM didn’t want to be unionized, so as not to be unionized, they went and started a pension plan, they gave health care, they gave dental benefits. Those companies didn’t invent those benefits. The first collective medical plan ever for a group of people was United Mine Workers.
Like I said, Paul is right on target. Organized labor improves working conditions for everyone, even those workers in non-union environments. We need to protect our quality of life by putting an end to these right-wing attacks on our workforce.
This is a Michigan Freedom to Freeload (Right to Work for Less) post. For more information on fighting the right wing attacks on labor, follow this category on BFM or visit the Michigan AFL-CIO.