Exciting book exposes myths about unions

by Jamie Sanderson

 Unions made up the backbone in President Obama’s reelection. Millions of phone calls were made, hundreds of thousands of doors were knocked on and about as many handouts were put into fellow union workers’ hands.

However, the GOP kept constantly beating the anti-union drum. It’s no more prevalent than in South Carolina. They continue to spew myths out about unions.

Author Bill Fletcher Jr. does an exceptional job in detailing such myths and excitingly destroys each and every one them. I highly recommend this book for those who want to finally drown out the lies and find out the truth.

From Wisconsin to Washington, DC, the claims are made: unions are responsible for budget deficits, and their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, pundits claim, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry.

In “They’re Bankrupting Us!”: And 20 Other Myths about Unions, labor leader Bill Fletcher Jr. makes sense of this debate as he unpacks the twenty-one myths most often cited by anti-union propagandists. Drawing on his experiences as a longtime labor activist and organizer, Fletcher traces the historical roots of these myths and provides an honest assessment of the missteps of the labor movement.

He reveals many of labor’s significant contributions, such as establishing the forty-hour work week and minimum wage, guaranteeing safe workplaces, and fighting for equity within the workforce. This timely, accessible, “warts and all” book argues, ultimately, that unions are necessary for democracy and ensure economic and social justice for all people.

Jamie Sanderson is a USW member and liberal activist in South Carolina. His blog is The Politics of Jamie Sanderson

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