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Golfinsailor,You are preaching to the choir. Unions have helped American workers get a decent wage, and be able, like your dad, live a reasonable life in retirement. It makes my blood boil, when I hear that the unions are the villains, where the CEO with their golden parachutes, huge salaries crying “wolf". When I was working in NYC in the 50 or 60's (I can't remember, being so long ago,) the Cuban revolution brought many refugees over here. I worked in a company that hired many skilled heavy oil painters to restore and create beautiful paintings from photos. They hired a multi lingual foreman to make sure that all the workers never asked for a raise or they would live in fear of being fired, and because they spoke no English, they would not be able to get a job. They also were paid below minimum wage. Every time the union folks tried to organize, they were paid off and anyone connected with the organizing was fired and blackballed in future jobs. Funny, it was in the garment district, where many abuses, such as child labor, and unsafe conditions had flourished, and finally unions were able to eliminate those abuses. I was a 20 year old at the time, and it was my first job. My heart went out to them, but I did not know how to help them, and left shortly thereafter, to go to college. I still remember that vividly. I am not a union member, never have had the opportunity tru my work life, but heartily agree with golfinsailor, that Unions were the best and still are the a vital part of what makes America strong.
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