I’m always astounded by the anti-union attitudes of people in Rhode Island and the United States in general.
It is baseless when you come right down to it. Here is the thing, we had unions for at least 60 years before this whole economic thing started happening. We saw the rise of the middle class.
Once big business figured out that that rising middle class was a new target to make money on, they did. Until such time as they realized that they had t make more money and cut people off from their jobs in order to enhance the bottom line.
And what did they do? They shipped jobs to China, India, you name it. The basic shit holes of the world in essence. But I don’t believe it was just labor costs that forced the issue.
Instead I think things like the EPA and OSHA were partially responsible. Think about it, both China and India don’t really have an environmental and/or workplace safety organization like ours. Or at least they didn’t have them.
But back to my point, unions didn’t cause the destruction of this country. Big business did and as an extension, the corruption of government by big business did it.
And curiously we bought some new leather furniture today. Guess where it was made, China.