Letters to the Editor

New balance needed for labor, management

As I grew up during many of the years of the Great Depression, industry workers were grossly underpaid and received practically no benefits, such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, vacations and retirement programs. Poor working conditions and a multitude of other abuses existed. Some corporations were unscrupulous in the way they treated employees. Even the employers that tried to treat workers fairly failed much of the time because they were not compelled to do so.

Because of these abuses, workers began to organize and their leaders, recognized by the employers, began to negotiate for the needs of workers. As a result, working conditions became much more tolerable.

Over the many years, however, the trade unions have grown more powerful, insisting upon lucrative wages and multiple benefits. The worm has turned. Now unions have demanded and received so many benefits, employers can no longer afford them. They have forced corporations to look elsewhere for less expensive labor costs, especially outside the United States.

Right- to-work states have been severely chastised by the politically oriented National Labor Relations Board at the behest of financially strong union leaders who make generous political contributions to politicians who favor them.

It is time to strike a new balance between labor and management. A continuation of present conditions is unhealthy for both sides, causing the entire nation to suffer. I do not see a political solution on the horizon.

Bill Tanner