Letter: Thanks to unions
On Sept. 9, after the Glenwood Springs Post Independent published my letter, “Praise to the Unions”
(Post Independent, Sep. 3), Mr. Randy L. Foreback, a business mail technician at the U.S. Postal
Service in Pennsylvania, posted the below comment to my letter on the newspaper’s website:
“Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?
Weekends without work
All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
8-hour work day
Child labor laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40-hour work week
Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
Workplace safety standards and regulations
Employer health care insurance
Collective bargaining rights for employees
Wrongful termination laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
Whistleblower protection laws
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
Sexual harassment laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
Pregnancy and parental leave
The right to strike
Public education for children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
Laws ending sweatshops in the United States”
Let’s all thank Mr. Randy L. Foreback for bringing these facts of American labor history to our attention.
I sent out this letter on U.S. Constitution Day, Sept. 17. Always remember our U.S. Constitution Day
for now on.
Emzy Veazy III, Esq.
Burbank, California, and Aspen
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