When President Biden proclaimed recently that “unions built the middle class,” he was repeating one of unions’ biggest myths. Although unions—like a hitchhiker—were along for the ride, they were not the driving force that built the middle class.
In this episode of Union Free Radio, host Peter List dispels the union myth that “unions built the middle class,” by giving listeners the logic, and the data, that proves the myth false.
“You know,” List states, “the bad part about blindly accepting a myth like this is that it gives unions a free pass in order to push bad bills, like the poisonous PRO Act.”
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Articles and sources cited:
- Ken Braun: Big Labor didn’t build the middle class
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