Work­ers hurt them­selves by turn­ing from unions

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

Yes, it is true the re­ces­sion of 2008-09 hurt the mid­dle class might­ily. But the big­gest prob­lem is mid­dle-class, blue-col­lar work­ers have turned their backs on unions and their right to or­ga­nize.

To­day’s work­ers are afraid to do what postWorld War ll work­ers and those in the fol­low­ing decades did: or­ga­nize.

Cor­po­rate Amer­ica wants work­ers to pay for health care and build their own re­tire­ment funds while liv­ing from pay­check to pay­check. Not only that, most of them are work­ing 10- to 12-hour days and still can’t get ahead.

I see that Ad­vanced Auto Parts work­ers went on strike. More work­ers need to take no­tice and stand as one. If mid­dle-class work­ers want to re­gain their past, they need to take th­ese chances.

There once was a vi­brant, happy, healthy, mid­dle class that paid its way through life.

There wouldn’t be any need for gov­ern­ment free­bies or talk of so­cial­ism if work­ers earned a de­cent wage and ben­e­fits. The ex­is­tence of a strong, or­ga­nized and re­spected la­bor force is the only way cor­po­rate Amer­ica will play fair. Chuck Bear­ish Lower Ma­cungie Town­ship

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