Democracy not dependent on unions

We live in a democracy that has done quite well for over 200 years, regardless of union membership.

Congratulations to the Water District 19 employees who secured a union contract. They will receive more benefits and the water district should be able to attract needed help.

I take exception to Bob Powell’s hyperbolic statement that “Unions are key to democracy and social justice.” Social justice, perhaps; democracy, definitely not. We live in a democracy that has done quite well for over 200 years, regardless of union membership. The United States elected its first black president at a time union membership was falling from 20% in 1983 to 10% in 2019. Private industry union membership is less than 7%, the lowest level since 1932, and yet our democracy continues.

As a point of information, in a former life, I was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and my son currently is a member of the WEA, where he previously served as a shop steward.

— Scott Harvey

More in Opinion

Time for island to enforce leash laws

This is a devastating follow up to my recent letter imploring people… Continue reading

Dock should be replaced, not retrofitted

I agree with most of Craig Klinkam’s editorial about the Tramp Harbor… Continue reading

VCA’s new leader honored to serve

Vashon Center for the Arts has a long history of being a… Continue reading

Island community can learn from our retirees

A road trip in an RV across these United States; traveling to… Continue reading

I’m retiring from the miracle on Main Street

Melinda Powers: I’m retiring from the miracle on Main Street

Workshops like Axiom Equine’s provide enrichment for students

While some island residents stood in major intersections last week holding signs… Continue reading

Should Tramp Harbor dock have closed? Not so fast

I think there are pragmatic reasons to reassess whether closing and demolishing the dock is prudent.

Valentine’s Day ideas for the procrastinator

I’m offering suggestions for excellent, last minute, Valentine’s Day gifts, perfect for any islander.

Community council has great potential

I’m excited about the initiative to bring back the Vashon-Maury Island Community… Continue reading

Most Read