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UNION: Workers benefit from organizing

Letter by Kathleen J. Geller, Eatonville on Feb. 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm | 17 Comments »
February 22, 2011 1:20 pm

Far too many people appear to have forgotten what unions accomplished for workers. Before unions, workers were at the mercy of the employer. With unions, workers gained safer, healthier working conditions, paid sick leave, overtime pay, paid vacations and pensions.

Workers who spoke out for unions were often fired and were sometimes harassed and beaten. Some lost their lives. Thanks to unions, employees whether in unions or not now enjoy many benefits, including unemployment insurance and workers compensation for work-related injuries and illness.

The increased earning power resulting from unions created a solid middle class which lifted the U.S. economy far above all other countries. We destroy our middle class at our peril. Please support unions.

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