Don’t underestimate role of unions

The anti-union rhetoric that has been used of late is troubling to me.

Some people in the area are drinking too much of the GOP’s “kool-aid.”

The common complaints are that unions are only there to keep their members out of trouble and that unions use their members’ dues to get their way are laughable.

This could not be further from the truth.

Do people forget where we came from? Our parents and grandparents worked in the mines and factories in deplorable conditions prior to being able to unionize.

It was only after they formed unions that companies finally started to make the workplace safe and pay honest wages to their employees.

As for our teachers, do you want someone teaching your children for half the pay that they deserve? What caliber of teachers would we have then?

Union members of any profession are usually labeled as greedy and lazy. I don’t understand where this stigma came from. Union employees work just as hard as nonunion employees, but always get a bad rap.

The union-busting efforts in this county are only going to hurt us in the long run.

The current legislation introduced by Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, and his cronies to have union dues removed from being automatically deducted from employees’ paychecks is nothing more than a feeble attempt at union-busting in this state.

Why can health insurance be deducted but not union dues? Aren’t insurance companies involved in politics? Don’t they give money to campaigns and special interest groups to see that things go their way?

Public and private sector employees that earn a decent wage and have decent benefits owe this to unions whether they belong to a union or not.

They owe it to their parents and grandparents who, long ago, stood up to the corporations in this country and said that enough was enough.

They had enough of being bullied.

What is going to stop employers from decreasing wages and benefits at the drop of a dime when times get tough? What is going to stop employers from handing pink slips to people without cause?

The unions of this country, that’s who.

Josh Shultz, Cresson