*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View published Dec. 27 titled “Progressives and the unions.”
Just got back from spending time with family for the holidays, and caught up with reading the Lake Sun for the period I was gone. Apparently, Thursday was a slow day for letters as the entire Lake View section was consumed by a diatribe against unions from Jane Boyce. I don’t think I have ever seen unions blamed for both Communism and National Socialism in one article before.
Apparently she would prefer to see 11- and 12-year-olds working in factories, mines and on construction crews, six day work weeks, at straight pay and no benefits or even paid vacations for workers.
If she would like a sample of that milieu, she should take a look at the nation's largest employer, Walmart, which has almost one and a half million employees in the US.
It might surprise her to find that her tax dollars are helping Walmart to reap billions in profits by paying many of their workers at rates which force them to rely on food stamps and Medicaid. In fact, in almost every state, the largest single group of clients for those two programs is Walmart employees.
All this while, the president of Walmart was paid 18 million in 2011. He made more in one hour than his average worker makes in a year.
I could fill the entire paper with stories of violence against union members and organizers. And don't get me started on the organizations which spent millions trying to defeat the President.