- Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.
- Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages
Larry Rubin, People's World
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"Unionists point out that Trump's claim that he will make America great again is hypocritcal; he is refusing to bargain with the union that legally represents his hotel workers in Las Vegas. Decent wages that result from unionization, workers point out, would boost the entire economy. In addition, they note, Trump is ignoring the results of a democratic election. | John Locher/AP
November 3, 2016 | About a year ago, at the White House Worker Voice Summit, Vice President Biden cited the most powerful engine driving progress in America. “It’s a simple proposition,” he said. “With the ability [of workers’ unions] to sit on the other side of the table with employers and collectively bargain, [working people] have some power. At the end of day, that’s how progress is made.”
Collective bargaining is the only way to insure that employers will balance their need to make profits with the right of the workers who create those profits to have a decent, secure standard of living.
Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.
Larry Rubin has been a union organizer, a speechwriter and an editor of union publications. He was a civil rights organizer in the Deep South and is often invited to speak on applying Movement lessons to today's challenges.
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What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages, Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost
- For Punch co-owners Soranno and John Puckett, however, the decision to raise pay wasn't political. It was simply a strategy to attract and retain quality workers who would, in turn, create a better experience for customers.
- Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate