Written by J.G Hertzler
PRO-UNION RANT #332: My mother was a school teacher, my dad was in the Air Force…and yet we never faced budgetary collapse as so many Americans now face. Our middle class has been “disappeared” by big business/Governmental conspiracy to drive down labor costs and increase productivity resulting in 60,000 domestic factory closings over the last 15 years and ever expanding off-shoring of money and jobs.
In turn, this has resulted in the immense economic disparity in America,,,Once Upon a Time…”the land of opportunity!”….and the collapse of the great middle class that built this country. There are no Rockafellers or Vanderbilts or Romneys or Trumps or Fricks sitting on that iron girder 60 stories above Central Park eating lunch…they were the American Common Man, the middle class who literally built this nation. Such men bound together in Iron Workers Unions, Automobile Workers unions, Electricians, Plumbers, Home construction Unions…they built this country and created a pay scale that allowed for their Middle Class families to exist. Do you really believe that the Vanderbilts, Rockafellers, Trumps, etc would ever pay a living wage if they were not forced to do so by Big Labor?
If you believe that, we will eternally disagree. And hey…I know their has been corruption in Big Labor…there is some corruption everywhere….but without Unions, America would have grown into a Third World Power long long ago, where 1% of our society is fabulously rich and enjoying the good life but 99% of us would be living in poverty without sufficient jobs, without decent shelter, food or clothing and without hope…oh wait…that is the current breakdown of economic disparity in this nation. And you ask why I support Unions? jgh