Why you should support unions

Let’s just skip over the fact that historically, unions are the reason we have a weekend and overtime and other amenities. Not because those aren’t important, but because pragmatically speaking, those things exist now and theoretically could still exist even without unions, now that they’re commonplace.

Except there’s no reason to think they will.  And that’s the whole point.  Most people – even well-educated, well-meaning, intelligent people – have no idea how little protection they have on their job.  you can be fired for how you look (good luck proving it if it’s based on sexism, homophobia, or racism), how you dress, or because your boss hates your wife.  It doesn’t matter. You have no right to speak your mind at your job. Your job may let you, if you are lucky to work in a place that values opinions and collaboration and teamwork. But you have no RIGHT to do so.  Unless you have a union.

Profit-maximizing corporations, which is what almost all of them are, are only interested in making money.  They don’t care about you, unless you are making money for the company.  It’s the cold hard truth, whether you are a steelworker, a teacher, and therapist, or a doctor.  It doesn’t matter.  You are a cog in their money-making machine.  Even if you work for a nonprofit – then the goal is making money to keep the organization afloat.

That’s why it’s essential that all workers have the right to organize.  Maybe they won’t all need to be organized.  But they all need to have the right to do so.  It is, in fact, the only way for workers to have any rights, and to protect their rights.  And unions raise the bar for all workers, unionized and non-unionized. Which is why the Koch brothers, who are the face of American corporations, have literally poured billions into a campaign to try and crush unions, starting in Wisconsin.

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~ by realsupergirl on February 24, 2011.

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