A privilege to make a decent living?

Another anti-worker editorial board is afflicted with the bizarre idea that that union workers are a “privileged class.” But when did making a decent living become a privilege in America? Oh, that’s right: when unscrupulous corporations drove down wages, exploited weak labor laws to keep workers from forming unions, and drove our economy off a cliff—all while raking in record-setting pay and bonuses.

The answer to an economy out of balance isn’t to let greedy corporate CEOs drag down wages and benefits until no one can afford to pay for health care, a home, or retirement. The answer is more workers forming unions — so they can bargain for fair wages, benefits, and economic security.

To create a real “win-win” economy, workers need a level playing field, so they can form unions and bargain collectively without fear of retaliation. The Obama administration has taken some important steps toward this goal recently, like allowing the NLRB to start functioning again and giving rail and airline workers fairer union elections.

But there is much more that remains to be done: we need to encourage more businesses to create good, family-supporting jobs, make labor laws truly fair, and give workers the purchasing power to fuel a strong economy. That’s how we’ll put the American Dream back within reach.

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