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March 26, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Costco’s role in labor bill

Company’s position disappointing

I was distressed to see that Costco was joining forces with Starbucks and Whole Foods to defeat “card check” legislation [“Compromise offered on labor bill,” News, March 22].

My husband and I are union members. Because of this, we have living wages that allow us to buy Costco products.

It is truly gut wrenching to see the worker in this country lose the strong middle class that has made America a beacon to the world. When the middle class is successful — has purchasing power and can afford decent housing, higher education and goods — our entire country is the beneficiary.

We have seen in the past eight years the antithesis of this, where wealth is concentrated to the few. No one in our country can succeed for long, as we are all now painfully aware.

Costco should be joining forces to strengthen the American worker. It is good for business, the economy, our country and the world.

We can no longer be a member of a company that is leading the opposition to our way of life.

— Hallette Salazar, Kingston

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