Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 13, 2012, 5 a.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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“Let me tell you about ways in which unions have improved workers lives: weekends; breaks at work, including lunch breaks; paid vacation; sick leave; Social Security; minimum wage; Civil Rights Act/Title VII, which prohibits employer discrimination; 8-hour work day; overtime pay; child labor laws; Occupational Safety & Health Act; 40-hour work week; Worker's Compensation; Unemployment Insurance; pensions; workplace safety standards and regulations; employer health care insurance; collective bargaining rights for employees; wrongful termination laws; age discrimination; Employment Act of 1967; whistleblower protection laws; Employee Polygraph Protection Act; Veteran's Employment and Training Services; compensation increases and evaluations; raises; sexual harassment laws; Americans With Disabilities Act; holiday pay; employer dental, life, and vision insurance; privacy rights; pregnancy and parental leave; military leave; the right to strike; public education for children; Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011; and laws ending sweatshops in the United States.
This is a partial list. We are talking about a movement whose basis is social and economic justice. I don’t understand what is going on in this country, except that it is an effort— they call it “Right to Work”—it’s about an effort to create a “Right to Work for Less.” A “Right to Less Benefits.”
Congressman Dennis Kucinich stood up strongly in the face of the full scale attack on unions and workers that is taking place in Congress and across the country. Speaking at a hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Kucinich reminded his colleagues that unions are responsible for a long list of workplace rights that all Americans benefit from.
If you think unions are bad and are somehow ruining the economy, you are falling for GOP propaganda. You also have to take into account that unionized labor only makes up 6.9% of the private sector, a record low in many years. If you hate unions, go work at Foxconn.