National Politics

What unions do for you

With everyone focused on the Obamacare decision, little attention has been paid to the decision our U.S. Supreme Court rendered in the Knox v. SEIU case. The court ruled beyond the question raised in the suit which effectively is the first step towards abolishing unions altogether. This is real instance of judicial activism in pursuit of a political agenda. The ultimate outcome of this long range stealth mission will be a federal policy making our entire country a “right to work” state. Believe me when I tell you that is not a good thing.

I understand why people don’t like unions. I’d even agree that some have grown so big and become so institutionalized that they’re not always adequately responsive to individual members. But it’s important to remember the larger benefits of a unionized workforce.

The reason we have a five day work week standard, why we get overtime pay, sick leave, a safe workplace and fair benefits is because people fought, and some literally died, to form a union to protect their rights and get the benefits you take for granted today. Any rights unions win eventually become an industry standard because the other owners want to keep you from unionizing. In the long run we all benefit from strong workers rights organizations.

Unions aren’t perfect but they are not the enemy of the middle class.

In today’s world. there are certainly exceptions but generally, owners are not interested in giving you as much as possible. They want to give you as little as possible so they can keep more for themselves. It’s no coincidence that middle class wages and standard of living have gone down in tandem with an ever diminishing unionized workforce. Indeed, it’s part of a decades old plan.

Libby Spencer
Libby Spencer is a social media maven whose political commentary has been published on a wide variety of websites including a rather short lived guest blog at Fox News. She has been practicing her particular brand of punditry at the Detroit News Politics blog since April 2004.