Do any of you remember the promise of America? You know, the reason all of our relatives immigrated here in the first place? The promise of a good job for all, the opportunity to have a rewarding career, and the chance for a life that was more than just going to work and coming home? Yeah, that promise, now it's all coming back to you, isn't it? With the tax cuts and all the restrictions placed on corporate America today, corporations are looking to cut back everywhere they can; they want to save every dollar so those saved dollars can go into the pockets of the highest ranking employees and the shareholders of the companies. These companies first cut the number of jobs to the bare minimum. Then, they cut the pay for any new hires. Benefits?? Forgettaboutit!! Benefits can cost a non-union employee, $88.00 per week; if he or she wants to add their spouse, I've seen benefits as high as $178.00/week!! That way of life is unsustainable for a lower waged worker. Myself, for example could not afford to pay $680.00 a month for med/den/vis benefits for my wife and I, yet, if I was forced to take that employer's offer, we would have had to go without medical coverage.
So, what is my point to all the blather?? Well, the only way to get anywhere close to the promise of America in today's economy is to get our lower and middle class workers into a labor union!! We need to get back to the days when 1 out of 3 of this country's workers belonged to a labor union!! Then, and only then, will we return to the promise of America that the parents of the baby boomer generation enjoyed!!