Letters:Unions, then and now

Then: When I was part of the working force, I started in the mid-1950s as a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and years prior, unions were the greatest that ever happened in America because they raised people's standard of living, bringing me out of poverty, and were responsible for the many benefits people are enjoying today. Then, one had an honest day's wage for an honest day's work.

Now: Since the middle to late '70s, Unions started to abuse their power. The West Coast, North and Northeastern liberal states were not on the same pay scale as Middle America. Benefits and wages became so high that just to exist, corporations started leaving the country to avoid the demands of the unions. For example, Japan could come to our country, buy and ship scrap iron back to Japan, produce quality products, and then ship their finished products back to the U.S., and still sell them cheaper than our own steel mills.

Now: Benefits and wages have gone out of sight for the unions and we cannot compete in the world market. Fifty-one percent of Chrysler today is owned by the United Auto Workers Union; 95 percent of those people could hardly be classified as "skilled craftsmen." Some of the high-paying benefit jobs could be filled by gorillas (all one would need would be to feed them bananas).

Now: Another problem some unions have is that no matter how incompetent, lazy or unproductive an employee may be, they cannot be fired, including some federal employees. Union workers in the construction trade, in my 40 years of experience, have made me a believer that 90 percent of them are not so-called Democrats but are conservative people, and yet, union dues go to support the so-called Democratic political system (especially government employees), those who got President Obama elected, 95 percent of black voters, ACORN, socialists and so-called left-wing kooks, and let's not forget the many young people who thought Obama was so cool.

Now: At this time, unions are one of the most detrimental systems to this country. Unions in Greece and Spain, and probably a few other European socialist countries, are on the verge of bankruptcy, and we are soon to follow unless there is a drastic change in this socialist government. But, people do not want to give up what has already been given to them, even though it may ruin America. We must be able to compete worldwide if America is to survive as a nation of free and independent individuals.

I firmly believe that the speaker of the House of Representatives is at least "three quarters of a bubble out of plumb."

Ray Cordell

Golden Valley