Saturday, March 5, 2011

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HELPS THE MIDDLE CLASS

Why is a single category of employees being targeted for a budget deficit they didn't create? Why are politicians waging anti-labor campaigns and ignoring one very simple fact: unions were a major force in building and sustaining the great American middle class. As unions have declined, so has the middle class. Union membership has steadily fallen since 1967, and so too has the middle class's share of national income as the super-rich have taken a larger share of national income than any time since the 1920s. Another thing to think about - when unions are gone, so is a very significant source of funding for progressive political candidates. Do we really want a Corporate America in total control of our country's policies and politicians?