Most politically active citizens are educated suburbanites who have never seen the inside of a factory. They have never experienced how, in rural and poor areas, the flood of cheap immigrant labor forces poor citizens out of the manual labor job market.
Merit Unions will guarantee workers get a 1% per year raise, but will also demand that at least some workers get larger raises based on performance. This will allow for worker advancement while protecting owners from unreasonable wages.
Support Self Education, 2nd Class Accreditation, and more practical high school education
The collegiate system has become a bloated hustle producing graduates who can't find jobs. If Abraham Lincoln could educate himself from within a log cabin, then all Americans could benefit from more self-sufficient education.