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WITHOUT UNIONS, WORKERS WOULD BE LOST

Two recent articles in The News speak volumes about the need for more unionization in our country. One noted that many people lack health insurance. What a travesty of justice that here in America, a person must go without what can only be considered a basic human need.

Another article highlighted a federal program that provides funds to enable U.S. employers to hire workers from outside the United States for high-paying jobs here in America.

With NAFTA we induce businesses to take good-paying jobs and ship them to Mexico, and with this new program we encourage companies to import workers into this country to fill high-paying, high-skilled jobs. Apparently no worker in the United States needs a job or can qualify for one. What voice can change this?

Only one -- a union. That is what outlawed child labor. That is what brought us Workmen's Compensation, Disability, Social Security and the 40-hour work week. And that is what is needed to stop the erosion of our standard of living.

Michael J. Rusinek
Depew

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