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Unionization expands democracy

Posted: June 21, 2012 3:28 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Our Governor Nikki Halley, U.S. Sen. Jim Demint and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham do not appear to understand the benefits that unionization has bestowed upon the nation by expanding democracy, humanizing the work place and improving our national standard of living.

I believe government at all levels has a responsibility to protect and empower the public. Protecting the public does not end with the role of our military and police forces.

Government has a moral responsibility to protect Americans from the intended and unintended excesses of businesses pushing to maximize profits.

In this area, government protection properly extends to include the oversight of food and drugs, the regulation of child labor, the establishment of a minimum wage and overtime, the passage of laws that create a social safety net and establishing workplace rights for employees.

Gov. Haley, Sen. Demint and Sen. Graham advocate state and national legislation that would “turn back the clock” and “lower the bar” when it comes to U.S. employment laws.

In the construction trades, responsible union employees understand the reality that we do better when we work together. The partnership provides not only decent wages and fringe benefits but also high productivity, good quality work and a professional attitude.

In 1937, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the national Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to be constitutional and organized labor to be public good.

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