Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
 
 
 

Today in Labor History

July 21, 1984: A die-cast operator in Jackson, Mich., is pinned by a hydraulic Unimate robot, dies five days later. Incident is the first documented case in the U.S. of a robot killing a human.
- Union Communication Services


Member Login
Username:

Password:


Not registered yet?
Click Here to sign-up

Forgot Your Login?
  Member Resources  
     
UnionActive Newswire
 
Join the Newswire!
Updated: Jul. 21 (10:05)

Ingham Family Fair Day August 3 - save bucks!
Lansing Labor News
Attacking Postal Workers
Iowa Postal Workers Union
Wear RED - Rally for Public Education
Jefferson County Association of Educational Support Personnel
UPSEU Advanced Steward/Officer Training Draws Nearly 40 Local Connecticut Union Officers
UPSEU
DOWNLOAD PROPOSAL FORMS
Teamsters Local 568
UPS CONTRACT PROPOSAL MEETING
Teamsters Local 568
 
     
Letter to the Editor re Costco
Posted On: Feb 07, 2014

This Letter to the Editor ran in The Baltimore Sun, February 7, 2014. The author is an attorney for Teamsters Local 311, Teamsters Local 355, and Teamsters Local 570.

Costco shows the value of unions

In your editorial about President Obama's visit to the Lanham Costco to advocate for raising the minimum wage you correctly point out that Costco "has prospered by paying higher wages and offering better employee health coverage than its competitors" ("The Costco example," Jan. 29).

What you failed to note, however, is that a significant portion of Costco's stores on the West and East coasts — including four stores in Maryland — are unionized, with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing those workers.

The Teamsters have been successful in negotiating industry-leading wages, benefits and working conditions for their members. Costco has to apply comparable (although not quite as good) wages, benefits and working conditions in its non-union stores to keep workers there from organizing.

The lesson is that a certain degree of union density is a rising tide that lifts all boats. The disparity in income in this country, which is unprecedented in modern times, is directly attributable to a reduction in union density, which is itself a consequence of employers taking advantage of toothless labor laws to beat back organizing efforts.

Jim Rosenberg
Baltimore


 


 
 
Teamsters local 570
Copyright © 2017, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™

603573 hits since May 20, 2010
Visit Unions-America.com!

Top of Page image