RANDY IULIANO: Unions, collective bargaining benefits everyone

TO THE EDITOR:

America attained greatness on the shoulders of middle-class workers. When they demanded fairness, our economy flourished. They bought houses, cars and other products that kept our farms, factories and small businesses humming. This was the result of treating workers fairly.

Today, as America’s megacorporations consolidate economic power, small businesses are being eaten alive and our jobs are being shipped overseas. Communities are being decimated by job loss.

This outsourcing also is destroying unions and impoverishing the workers they represent here in America.

Indeed, we must support efforts to make our trade policies more fair for Americans, but that won’t be enough. Collective bargaining sets standards for all employers to follow. Thus, nonunion workers also benefit from the collective bargaining of unions. In fact, when our economy is flourishing, small business owners benefit, too.

We all should be concerned. And, we all should help stop the efforts of Lansing politicians from undermining the rights of all Michigan workers to join unions and collectively bargain.

Randy Iuliano

Portage

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