Despite the more recent disparagement of organized labor, its power did not come about by happenstance. At its highest level of importance, unions brought attention to the workplace horrors of their time and were responsible for many of the protections now in place for every American worker.

As happens often, however, that power led to corruption and excess. The loss of union influence was much of its own doing as labor organizations failed to adjust their demands to the realities of industrial evolution. When it became easy for companies to shift production overseas for a pittance of what American workers were making, they did so.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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Bulldog

Thank God Texas is a Right to Work state

PJBM626

I don’t understand your comment” low wage workers looked down upon” I haven’t met anyone who looks down but respects and tips ( restaurant workers) well out of respect. I say majority of people are humbled by their hard work. Not as you condescend

I come from a Union family. My grandfather told me how companies treated mainly Irish American workers ( I say this because my grandfather was Irish) . The Union was needed

When I got out of the service in 70’s I went to work for Brown &Root. We had a mix of Union, non union. The Union guys complained about the company, wouldn’t work hard and stretched jobs out. Maybe just this situation ,but heard my friends ,who worked at plants say the same thing

I believe worker should have right to choose and not forced to join a union

Bulldog

When I was a supervisor I had union electricians working for me, and they were awesome. I never had worry about them working in an unsafe manner, and I knew the job would be done right. My non-union instrument techs worked in the same manner.

antone

Bull, good morning. I always look forward first thing each morning to hearing what's up for the day. [sleeping][beam]

Bulldog

Ain't no telling

antone

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antone

PJMB, had you seen the boat parade article in the "Brazos Living" section of this web version?

PJBM626

Yes. Look at comments. I thanked the Fscts for reporting. I’m up at Lake Travis this weekend

That parade was insane

antone

Thanks for the snippets of working experiences, it provides some knowledge of a person's viewpoint.

PJBM626

Most welcome. I hoped I shared a mix bag on unions. My son works for UPS and the Union takes good care of them

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