November 2, 2015
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher
New York, NY – There is a mountain of evidence documenting that unions provide the key to developing and maintaining a middle class. The strength and uniqueness in our country is based on a strong middle class.
Collective bargaining only happens in an organized labor structure. Unions are essential for collective bargaining which is needed for a middle class. The formula for workers achieving the American Dream in the USA, the greatest country on Earth, is simple – Union Power.
Three articles appeared in publications the week of October 30th which exemplifies the importance of unions:
An article in BUSINESS INSIDER points out that Labor Unions are ‘Necessary’ to Rebuild the Middle Class. BUSINESS INSIDER described a recent study from the Center for American Progress that finds that children from union households are more likely than those from nonunion households to reach the middle class. The INSIDER writes this past week that, “a strong union movement is not simply sufficient for high levels of intergenerational mobility and middle-class membership, but it could be necessary."
The NEW YORK TIMES editorial board has stressed the importance of collective bargaining this past week. Their editorial mentioned the importance of a recent contract approved by UAW members at the Big 3 automaker Fiat-Chrysler – which raises pay to $30/hour for veteran workers. This contract demonstrates that “unions can lift middle-class wages” and “reaffirms the power of unions to use the threat of a strike to demand a fairer share.”
FAST COMPANY, this past week, writes about the difference that organizing can make in raising pay and improving jobs. The magazine profiles a Swedish McDonald’s worker, Bassem Majid, who is paid $16/hour under a collective bargaining agreement that covers fast-food workers throughout the country. Majid describes how having a union at McDonald’s has enabled him to support himself and his family: "I think we have decent and average living conditions. We don’t have the luxury of visiting fancy restaurants often, but sometimes we do. We do not have any outstanding loans or debt."