Unions are good for democracy

Color logo of the National Labor Relations Boa...

Color logo of the National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency of the United States federal government. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As union membership in the US has declined, so have the fortunes of the middle class. And a vibrant middle class is the measure of how well democracy is functioning. As US Supreme Court Associate Justice (1916-1939) Louis Brandeis said, you can have democracy or you can have great concentrations of wealth, but not both at the same time. I cannot prove that unions are good for the middle class and democracy, but there is empirical evidence that it is true. Rather than argue about it until our democracy is moribund, I think that we should act to increase union membership by any and all reasonable means and worry about the finer points later.

Enact card check to make union organizing easier. Repeal Taft-Hartley and encourage the states to recognize public employee unions. Repeal right to work laws. Enforce the laws already on the books to require employers to bargain in good faith and fully fund the NLRB, National Labor Relations Board. The time to act is now while we still can. The GOP is doing everything in their power to destroy all things union. In fact, if there is anything you wish to see damaged or destroyed, just put a union label on it.

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