2013-05-17 / Letters

Unions Needed

Dear Editor:

There appears to be no limit to this nation’s corporate greed. As share prices on Wall Street grow, often at historic levels, and corporate profits and coffer increase, the lives of most American workers are dismal. Unemployment remains at a high level. Young people, often saddled with burdensome college debt, cannot obtain employment. Corporations are not willing to employ but are willing to use the services of these educated young people with minimum or no compensation by saying that their “internship” will further their careers. Corporations do not hire but prefer to call workers consultants or independent contractors to avoid paying benefits and payroll taxes. In most cases, these contractors are actually employees under the direction and supervision of the employer. Many now realize that is a colossal scam.

Unemployed people are often denied positions because of erroneous or poor credit reports due to student or medical debt. Some employers fire employees as a result of absences caused by disability or attendance at a family funeral. It would appear that American workers need a worker’s bill of rights. A strong labor union movement would fight for basic justice in the workplace.

JOHN PAUL CULOTTA

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