Capital Metro Should Bargain!

RECEIVED Fri., Nov. 11, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Re: Capital Metro's refusal to bargain in good faith with the union chosen in a fair election by Capital Metro's employees [“More Cap Metro Union, Contractor Gridlock,” News, Nov. 11].
    In northern states the idea of working families all banding together to improve their positions in life is just accepted. Here in the South, the myth that organized labor is equal to organized crime just continues to be perpetuated by large corporations with agendas that include profit margins above the well-being of their employees and their customers. This myth is perpetuated by the press and the media, which are also owned by those same large corporations with that same agenda. By selling that agenda, they keep workers splintered, isolated from one another, pliable, and weak. Look at how much the standard of living for the average middle class family in America has dropped over the last 20 or 30 years. I can't keep from sadly smiling when I think of other working people viewing most of my working friends as members of organized crime simply because they realized a long time ago that the only strength that workers have is when they all stand together. I guess, simply put, the best description of organized labor is just a bunch of workers that think we should have jobs with dignity, safety, and a fair rate of pay for an honest day's work. Anything less is un-American.
    I would also like to add that I have been very active in supporting every bond initiative put in front of the voters by Capital Metro. If Capital Metro continues on its current course of attempting to lower the standards of living for working-class families in Austin I will be just as active in opposing every new bond measure Capital Metro proposes in the future.
Delwin Goss
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