Union members should not be scapegoats
As Maryland's working families continue to pay the price for Wall Street's recklessness ("Union leaders claim recession gains," July 16), it's clear that workers' rights to form unions and bargain collectively is more important than ever. Why? Because what's good for working people is good for our communities, our economy and our state.
Anti-union groups are right about one thing: Workers with union representation earn higher wages than nonunion workers. In a time when working families here in Maryland and across the country are struggling just to stay afloat a time when our economy desperately needs consumer spending to get back on track that's a good thing.
Let's not forget, these are firefighters, nurses, police officers and teachers we're talking about. The working people who make our communities strong should not be the scapegoats for an economy that corporate greed brought to the brink.
And when it comes to building the win-win economy America needs, where employers and employees work together and share in the rewards, workers in unions are a critical part of the solution.
Liz Cattaneo, Takoma Park