CBS 62 Detroit Senior Producer and Host of Michigan Matters Carol Cain
Some say the union movement helped build America's Middle Class but the economy and times are changing. Are unions necessary for a strong America in the 21st Century?
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Teamsters President James Hoffa
“ Absolutely. In fact, I believe that unions are more relevant than ever. Over the past two years we have seen an unprecedented attack on working men and women. All across the country – including Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana – we have seen a coordinated assault on the labor movement and collective bargaining.
Rebuttal by Dick DeVos - October 29, 2012 11:40 AM
“ Let's be clear: entrepreneurs and workers made America's middle class. Union boss have not created a single job. Not one…that is if you don't count overpaid union bosses. The decline of unions in America has not been the result of some nefarious plot as Mr. Hoffa suggests, but the result of many union workers freely rejecting the opportunity to join a union. Union boss abuses are driving away their membership. The strong arm tactics, corruption and childish attacks that have become the hallmark of union bosses is simply not in the best interest of union workers. American workers and entrepreneurs need opportunities to create a future for themselves, their families and their community. Statistically, entrepreneurs and workers are choosing to do so without the burden of union bosses. Let's believe in America and move forward! ”
“ Workers and job creators, through hard work, ingenuity, sweat and risk-taking, literally made the strongest economy in the world and the greatest standard of living in history.