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There's my handsome son-in-law in the blue checked shirt on the right. He's standing with his union buddies, asking for fairness in labor practices from Verizon.
Negotiating fairly means starting with a reasonable offer, one that employee reps can work with. Nobody ever wants to go on strike--the idea brings fear into every affected home. Verizon's outrageous initial position has pushed its workers to this brink. The company brought unworkable demands to the table that make it impossible for workers to find a middle ground.
Today, with our economy more in trouble than ever, we need to find a way to re-build our middle class and continue protections for workers who are the backbone of our country. Without the counterbalance of workers united in unions, the middle class will continue to wither while our economy is dominated by the rich and powerful -- leading to greater flow of income to the top of the income scale. Every robust economy is founded on a strong middle class, and without it we will fail. As one of the Verizon linemen said, ""They are trying to get rid of the working class," said Bill Gebhart, a lineman who has worked for Verizon for 15 years. "They are totally annihilating it."