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William Harned: Protect workers’ rights

— 2011 marks a tumultuous year for workers' rights. With millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet, leaders should be protecting workplace rights that make our communities and our economy strong, not tearing them down.

So it's a relief to see a positive development for workers in time for Labor Day. The National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency charged with safeguarding workers' rights, has taken a step in the right direction with a proposed rule that would ensure employees have a fair vote on whether to form a union.

But instead of focusing on the economy, corporate-backed politicians are attacking the NLRB — playing the same old political games Americans are tired of.

By coming together as a union, workers can negotiate for fair pay and family-supporting benefits. And that's exactly what we need to get the middle class — and our economy — back on track.

William Harned

Steamboat Springs

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