Hopefully by now, we all know that the work done by unions is valuable to all workers. Ever since Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin started his effort to strip public sector workers of certain bargaining rights, I have been paying close attention.
One of the more important things to note is that it was these very unions that are responsible for the eight-hour day, the five-day work week, workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits. And, of course, the overall safety of our working conditions is one of the major reasons that unions exist in the first place. Most significantly, it was the rise of the union movement that gave the United States its viable and prolific middle class.