Establishment of Trade Unions
You wrote: "We all have ancestors who have survived the plague of the
locust, spring floods, frontier Indian raids, bouts of cholera, death in
childbirth, political coups and the establishment of trade unions."
I find that the inclusion of the establishment
of trade unions as a disaster very, very offensive. My father was a union
organizer and I am very proud of his work and the advancement of the workers in
the factories he assisted.
-- Henry Ford worked men to death on those
assembly lines and the trade unions finally stopped that activity.
-- Men died like flies in the coal mines and trade unions put a stop to that.
-- What about the horror of child labor?
-- If it weren't for trade unions we would still be working a 7-day week and 10
to 12-hour days.
-- Tragically we can now look at the national workplace with the decline of
trade unions...low pay, long hours are back again. And it wasn't the trade
unions that caused this; looked to greedy corporations as the culprits. As is
said: "Follow the money."
Myrtle: Perhaps you need to read more history
instead of putting yourself out as an expert in all matter of things pertaining
to the human condition.
Well, back to genealogical research and digging
up those lost ancestors.
I believe that I was referring to the physical strife and loss of life
associated with attempting to establish trade unions. Even in this day and age,
struggles for reasonable employment practices have proven deadly for many.
Surely any regular reader of my column understands the respect I have for human
life. The concept of "finding one's roots" would hold no interest if I
didn't maintain human rights in high regard.
Happy family tree climbing!
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