Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor | Fast-food workers fought for dignity

The week of July 29-Aug. 2 saw a mass strike for a living wage, a 40-hour workweek and the right to unionize in the fast food and retail industries. It spread through seven cities like a breath of fresh air.

The strike was called by working people who have been trying to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, only to have their employers refuse them the human dignity of a living wage. Union-style wildcat strikes appear to be their only hope.

Unions created the middle class. They are responsible for the eight-hour workday, the 40-hour week, overtime pay, health care, a livable wage, the right to arbitration in a work disagreement with an employer, sick days, and any other human right given between an employer and an employee. Without unions we would still have children 12 and younger working 12-hour days, six days a week to satisfy the greed of the few at the expense of the many.

Right-to-work states have created more jobs at less pay, no benefits, fewer full-time employees, and more part-time workers. This right-to-work model creates a great number of people in need of government assistance such as the SNAP program, heating assistance and Medicaid to survive. This is how corporations use public tax dollars to make excessive sums of money at the expense of the workers and the taxpayers.

Unions are the backbone of human dignity in the workplace.

Louis Mollica