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Unions Improve Standard of Living for Workers

June 29, 2018

By Mike Cicconi

LOS ANGELES, CA.- I am a proud, dues-paying member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers. I am able to continually better my standard of living for me and my family through collective bargaining.

No matter what challenges may arise, my union is right there with me to protect my voice on the job. If left up to CEOs and corporations, workers would not receive livable wages, safe working conditions, compensation for workplace injuries or the retirement security they’ve earned through their hard work.

These same corporate special interests funded the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. Union busters bankrolled this effort to weaken unions and workers’ rights, so they can pad their bottom line. The American labor movement has fought too hard for too long and we will not be deterred.

The statistics show that unions significantly increase the standard of living for middle-class Americans. When working people are represented, wages are higher, mortality rates and poverty levels are lower, the number of work-place deaths dramatically decreases and health-care costs go down. I am able to provide for my family because my union negotiates on my behalf in my best interest.

Unions have fought for America’s working class, now working people need to fight for their unions.

We have persevered through far more than a Supreme Court ruling and we will continue to fight for working people.


June 29, 2018

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