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Letter: Companies shouldn't profit at worker's expense

Posted: May 25, 2018 12:45 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.

It was never more evident than recently when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that 178 flight readiness technicians and inspectors at the Boeing plant in North Charleston can vote on whether to join the union.

With Jehova God’s blessing, I am a 30-year former union delegate. The union made my working and my 30 years retirement years over and beyond my dream.

A union is no different from any other organization; it has some woes.

It was a time of change foe the better in a country where corporate Amerioca was resistant to changes, but the union built middle class America.

Recently, the Bureau of Statistics indicates that workers in right to work states are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance and pensions and are 50 percent likely to be injured or suffer other mishaps on the job. This situation is truly saddening to me.

The bureau report may also explain why the working class in the right to work states, in general, fares badly and ends up in a self-reinforcing cycle of underfunded schools, high crime, dysfunctional domestic arrangements and low social mobility. I am calling this frustrating situation “The Fading of the American Dream.”

Corporations in variety of industries are doing everything they can to get out of paying for retiree health benefits. For generations, our union has fought to negotiate contracts so union workers can retire with dignity and security.

The South Carolina working class cannot allow these companies to continue this trend of padding their bottom lines and rewarding their executives at the expense of men and women who built their businesses.

This is something the South Carolina working class can change. So, if we want to restore the American Dream, we now have the beginnings of a path recently set by the 178 flight readiness technicians and inspectors at the Boeing North Charleston plant.

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