*I said it before and I’ll keep saying it: If you believe that America was last great when you didn’t have to share a counter or a bathroom or a water fountain with your fellow American, I hope you will keep reading, but please be forewarned. I don’t agree with you and that’s not what I’m talking about.
Union membership peaked in 1955.
Unions brought us the 5 day work week, limits on the number of hours you have to work every day, wage increases, worker protections…
What is a corporation but an organization of owners and vested financial interests cooperating to extract profit from the individuals who work for them? The interest of ownership is always to drive down costs and increase profit. When workers are unorganized, it is one person against money and therefore power. When workers are organized, that collective power of the people running the machinery serves as a counterbalance to the power imparted by money. Because the capitalist magnates want to make money. They want to make as much money as possible. If they have to give up some of the profit margin to keep making *some* money, they will, but only if forced.
Unions forced their hands.
It wasn’t Trump who negotiated to keep a Ford plant in Kentucky. That was the Union using the collective clout of its workers to protect their jobs.
So yes. Let’s #maga. Join a Union. Vote out people who are union-busters. Unions didn’t force a climate where NAFTA was necessary to protect the profits of those poor company owners and shareholders… that was the greed of those who believe that too much is never enough. If there isn’t a Union in your industry, create one. If you are currently unemployed and giving up, find some other way to organize. Because the ballot once every four years hasn’t changed diddly squat thus far, and there is no concrete reason to believe this election is going to be any different.