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I will shortly leave for work as a classroom teacher.

I have protection from arbitrary firing -  because I am in a union

I am not forced into downward competition for compensation - because I am in a union

I have paid holidays and paid leave - because I am in a union

I still have a defined benefit pension - because I am in a union

If you have any of those things, or any of these

- 8 hours or less work per day

- workplace safety rules

-  5 day work week

-  paid overtime or compensatory time off

or any of many other things,
  thank the unions

States with higher standards of living have higher average wages - these are not "right to work" states

Let's translate "right to work" -  the power of the employers to be arbitrary and even abusive to their employees.

I grew up in the 1950s.  That is when the American middle class was built.

We had our highest marginal tax rates.  We were paying off the immense debt from World War II and the smaller debt from Korea.  People's educational attainment was increasing, in part due to the GI Bill.  And we had the highest percentage of our workforce unionized.  

Correlation is not causation.  I know that.

But the ordinary people do better when unions thrive.

Thank the unions.

You can do that by refusing to support politicians who do not support the unions, even if you are not in a union.

And if you are not in a union, maybe it is time you were?  Maybe you should help organize one where you work?

Have a nice day.

I will, because I am a member of a union.

How about you?

Originally posted to teacherken on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Badger State Progressive, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Education Alternatives.

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