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Jane Blume May 9, 2012 12:50

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no friend of organized labor.

On Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor took a swipe at unions while campaigning in Lansing, Michigan.


He said,” Liberalism once taught that unions would ensure lasting prosperity for workers. Instead, they too often contributed to disappearing companies, disappearing industries and disappearing jobs…”

That’s not true.

In 2011, 16.3 million wage and salary workers were represented by a union. Among full-time wage and salary workers, union workers had a median earning of $938, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $729, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Labor.

For decades, the American middle class succeeded because of the support of unions.

Unions helped to establish the Fair Labor Standard Act, which set the framework for a standard work-week for workers, unions helped to establish health care coverage for workers, and more.

Politicians like Romney who paint themselves as “economic saviors” try to demonize unions because they are only looking out for their self-interests and their friends who belong to the one percent.

Remember this infamous line Romney said right before the New Hampshire primary? “You know, if someone doesn't give me a good service that I need, I want to say, 'I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.’”

Elections matter. Elections have consequences.


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