Letter: American labor rights are on the line and that line keeps getting thinner

During the Great Depression, fifteen million Americans were unemployed and many of the few who did have jobs were exposed to horrific working conditions.

It was during this time that the labor unions began to gain strength as the American worker realized the importance of having representation against the corporations who were only concerned about their bottom line, at the expense of their employees.

Labor unions have been present in the United States since the birth of our nation and have been responsible for developing acceptable workplace standards in the U.S. ever since.

We can thank the unions for helping to establish the minimum wage, overtime pay, and putting child labor laws in place to protect our children. They also fought for the creation of laws to protect an employees right to strike and boycott their employers due to unacceptable working conditions.

Labor unions have been under attack for decades, by corporate friendly entities on a mission to erode the rights of the American worker.

The employees who benefit from unions through the negotiation of their wages, retirement and other aspects of their employment agreements, would be wise to strongly support their union.

This latest decision by the SCOTUS should be a reminder to all of us, that our labor rights are on the line and that line keeps getting thinner.

Ian Martin

Former Jerome resident, who now resides in Juneau, Alaska and works for the Alaska State Department of Transportation


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Steven1900s 6 months, 4 weeks ago

California can thank the teacher unions (CalPERS) for helping to bankrupt the state--it's coming. I guess Arizona doesn't mind bankrupting its citizens to look more "progressive."

Even F.D.R. thought public unions were a REALLY bad idea. Arizona is trying to emulate a disaster that is California. Maybe AZ should build a wall to keep CA's bad ideas from seeping through.


Imartin 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Typical response from an anti-union individual - let's "build a wall". That hasn't worked out very well for our anti-union, sorry excuse for a president!

Would you like to build a wall to keep American workers from having access to representation against the greedy corporations who are sending our money out of the USA to avoid paying American taxes?

By the way, you are wrong about FDR, he was not anti-union, as you are. In the labor realm, when it came to private-sector unions whose cause he championed, FDR called collective bargaining a "fundamental individual right."


Steven1900s 6 months ago

FDR was not for "public" unions. One would hope you understand what "public" means. Look it up.


Imartin 6 months ago

FDR was an extremely strong supporter of private-sector unions. You seem to be trying to make the case that FDR was anti-union. While FDR was in favor of limiting public unions, there is a mountain of evidence showing that FDR believed that private- sector unions are good for the country and good for the American worker. Look it up.

You appear to be the one who is having difficultly in deciphering the difference between public and private-sector.

You are pushing a false narrative by trying to paint FDR as anti-union.