Knightdale resident commends unions
This letter is in response to Mr. Whitfield’s comments a couple of weeks ago about unions. Unions are like clubs people can join. In those clubs, the people elect a leader who can speak for the group asking for safer working conditions, fair pay, health insurance, dignified retirement and sick leave. There is a collaborative strength in these numbers.
What’s good for workers is good for business – a strong middle class is what led the United States to become the number one economy in the world. All we hear about these days is how the middle class is shrinking and the wage gap between rich and poor is larger than ever. This correlates strongly with the last several decades of union bashing and political handicapping that we have been witness to, and Mr. Whitfield has added to. Union members earn better pay and receive better benefits than non-members - in other words, unions try to bridge that gap between low-wage worker and middle class American (also known as the American Dream).
When I shop at Kroger, I meet so many friendly people that work there. All of the Kroger stores are unionized. They have found that giving the workers a voice in the workplace makes for a better business and happier employees.