LTE: Unions would help underpaid employees

This letter first appeared in the Greensboro News & Record

We need a raise in wages — folks, with what they are making right now, cannot afford to feed and educate their kids properly.

If you put yourself in the position of the young women and men out here who are trying to work — trying to take care of their families — wouldn’t you want better wages?

It’s sad that most unions have died here and that more workers don’t have a union to help pull for better wages. When we had unions, people made more because they could negotiate with their employers. We had a voice in the workplace.

If Wal-Mart and McDonald’s workers had unions — a way to speak for themselves and help push for better wages that they deserve — things would improve.

As for the workers at nursing homes, they work very hard and don’t get fair pay. These type employers don’t value their workers.
They want to underpay and overwork.

To the workers out there: Push for a union! Your companies need to listen to you. You are the ones doing the work and they are the ones getting the profits. Rally together! Together we can make them listen! Together we are powerful!

Where there is unity, there is strength.

Margo Russell