Mark Case, Asheville
Letters To The Editor
Have unions outlived their usefulness? We live under union achievements each day. Are they still needed or deserved? Do we still need the 40 hour workweek, safety in the workplace, overtime pay, child labor laws, a wage that enables us to provide for and raise our families? Poor, poor corporations, CEOs and shareholders. They cannot continue to compete in the U.S. marketplace because they would have to share the wealth with the workforce, have a safe work environment, not use child labor and inability to intimidate workers to work off the clock or unsafely.
They move their companies and facilities overseas, where they can do all the above-mentioned and keep all their profits to themselves. The money is there, no matter where a product is made; where the proceeds go is the real question — to the CEOs/shareholders or the workers? The No, 1 country in the world with billionaires is the United States with 396; next is China with 72. Oh, the money and the ability to compete are there, it’s just up to the working men and women of this country to take it back. The tool to taking it back is with our unions.