The Need For Unions For A Non Union Trucking Company Essay

757 Words Dec 6th, 2014 4 Pages
The Need For Unions

The decline of unions has hurt the working class. Therefore it must be halted and turned around.
I worked for a non-union trucking company in the 1990s. It was a hard job, and they could tell you when to come in to work and when you could leave. We were paid halfway decent wages, but it was hard to deal with unpredictable shifts or if you were even going to have a day off work.
We tried to organize with the Teamsters Union to bring about change. It was a fight that didn’t end well, and I ended up leaving the company. With the power of fear and intimidation, the company broke the strike and people crossed the picket line in huge numbers. I decided to leave the company rather than be a scab and live with the shame that I gave in to the company’s fear tactics. It cost me my job, but I’m still proud of the fact that I stood my ground and fought for a voice in my workplace.
Unions are still needed to this day, and with their decline in power the working class has suffered. Union membership was strong in the 1970s, with more than 26 percent of the workforce in America unionized. But with economic and political factors in the 1980s, union membership began a steady decline.
By far the two worst attacks on organized labor were from the Reagan Administration in the 1980s. On August 5th, 1981, President Reagan fired over 11,000 air traffic controllers who were on strike for better working conditions.
The second attack was even more devastating and singled out…

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