While their party’s 2020 platform expresses support of labor, these Democratic politicians work against the right to organize.
- 2020 Democratic Platform
The key to putting a stop to the growth of income inequality is turning around our country’s assault on membership in labor unions. “As union membership decreases, middle-class income shrinks,” as has been shown in the decades since Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers. Strong unionization not only promotes increased wages, for both union members and those who do not belong to a union, but helps to “promote political participation among all Americans”. Falling union participation has the opposite effect as corporations gain more power without adequate counterbalance.
The GOP has long been viewed as the party that supports Corporate America and promotes policies that put obstacles in the way of workers banding together to demand fair treatment. Long before corporations began shipping jobs overseas to save on labor costs, they were moving factories from northern states to red states with misnamed “right to work” laws that made unionization impossible. Corporate profits increased at the expense of worker wages and workplace safety.
Democrats are supposed to be the party that supports unions. The party has even dedicated a plank in their platform to support “the right to join or form a union”. Unfortunately, this value is not shared by those within the party who support the privatization of public education through the growth of charter schools. Most of these publicly funded private schools are fiercely anti-union even as they serve low socioeconomic areas that would benefit the most from the spread of unionism.
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