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Let the workers decide

There is currently a lot of discussion on raising the minimum wage. The biggest issue, that few talk about, is the push to have everyone work for a minimum wage. There was a time when the minimum wage was mostly used for entry level jobs, while workers that gained skills to be more productive were able to bargain to earn a living wage and benefits.

2020 has proved the economic value of workers in America, as well as the importance of workers having a voice in the workplace.

Forty years of attacks on workers’ collective bargaining rights have led to stagnant wages as prices for goods and services have steadily increased. Workers should have the ability to negotiate for wages and benefits that allow them to live without the need for government assistance.

For the first time in modern history, we have a chance to turn this around. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The PRO Act would put the decision of whether or not to form a union back where it belongs, in the hands of the workers.

Contact your Senators to support passage of the PRO Act.

Buddy Malone

Parkersburg Marietta Building and Construction Trades Council

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