Unions And Government Regulation Have Made America Better For The 99% (OP-ED)

An old article from my old blog, February 26, 2011 that seems as pertinent today as it was over a year ago. Sometimes, it’s disheartening how little things change:


Granted, there have been abuses in unions. However, the abolishment of unions would be more devastating than keeping them in place. A mature, civilized discussion about overhauling the concessions unions have received, will be much more beneficial for our society than to do away with them in their entirety. Let’s look at some of the concessions unions won for the American worker, and then ask yourself if you are better with these in place or not.

Unions brought us some niceties which Americans seem to be taking for granted. It was unions that brought American workers five day/forty hour work weeks. Pensions and health insurance were brought forth because of unions. Even the little bathroom and meal breaks you enjoy are a product of unions. Thanks to unions, we don’t see small children running under operating machinery, cleaning up the scraps that fall on the floor.

Governmental regulations also brought us many niceties which we enjoy, but take for granted. If it wasn’t for regulations, we would not be guaranteed safe drinking water, foods, or even medication. Before the Clean Water Act was passed, the Cuyahoga River caught fire at least five times, poisoning everything in its path with toxins. American’s transportation infrastructure has safety regulations in place to help protect the safety of planes, trains, and automobiles.

To paraphrase Reagan, are we better with unions and regulations? Or are we worse off? This issue does not only effect your future, but also the future of your children, and your children’s children future. So think very carefully as to who is looking out for your best interest. Are you better off with child labor laws and workplace safety regulations, or are you better off without them? Are you better off with regulations making the water safe to drink, or are you better off without safe water? Corporations have one agenda, and unions and regulations have another. So ask yourself, are you better off with unions, or should we just abolish them, further catering to the whims of businesses and profiteering?