Unions needed to protect workers

03/28/2013 8:20 PM

03/28/2013 8:26 PM

Regarding "Post plans to close plant" (March 22, Page A-1): The Post corporate board makes it sound as though $18 to $22 is too much to pay workers and whatever health care they have is terrible. Then they say the closure is "conditioned upon discussions with the union." This implies the union is the obstacle to all the company's woes. They want the plant to be like those in states where employees have to accept whatever the company wants to pay them because the employees have no union.

Perhaps folks should quit buying their breakfast cereals and back the people that have those jobs and aren't rich, unlike the members of Post board. Unions are people that have joined together because they are powerless against corporate money by themselves. Look at the history of how and why unions formed. At the beginning, corporations hired thugs to beat and kill people who wanted to form a union to better working conditions and pay.

Don't be fooled by all the soundbites from the corporate world. A living wage is harder to come by these days. People are making do by working two or three jobs at places like McDonald's and Wal-Mart to make what constitutes one living wage.

DIANE KROEZE

Modesto

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