This commercial used to run a lot when I was a teenager and, yes, we made fun of it (I mean, look at their hair), but see how much "union" was equated with "patriotism?"
My, how times have changed.
Everyone in this country should know what happened to these workers in 1911. Because of lax regulations and inadequate workplace protections, 146 garment workers — all but 23 of them women and girls — burned or jumped to their deaths when fire swept through their building. The doors had been locked to prevent them from leaving their workstations and the fire escape many fled to collapsed beneath them.
It remains the worst industrial factory fire in the history of the United States. The ILGWU was able to exact many of the workplace safety regulations we have in place today — union or no — because of what happened that day.
p.s. the sweatshop biz is alive and thriving in the garment districts of New York and Los Angeles, mostly staffed by undocumented immigrant workers sewing 80-90 hours a day in crappy conditions. Oh, and there are only 800 inspectors employed by the Dept. of Labor to inspect more than six million workplaces across the country. Shall we hazard a guess as to which government workers big business would like to see downsized?