You may have noticed, especially on our Facebook page, that when UWUA Local 304 reports union news, it may not be a UWUA union.
This is because the one guiding principal behind EVERY union is workers standing together for the betterment of all. Sure, many unions have their own unique ways they handle administrative details, have their own take on organizing and showing action, but each one, at it’s core, are just working people taking a direct hand in protecting and serving each other.
We are all familiar with the Boilermakers, Ironworkers, Pipefitters, Carpenters, Laborers, Millrights, Operating Enigineers, Miners, and Electricians we work with everyday, but there are many other unions that represent the people in their own professions. Teachers, nurses, firefighters, police, railroad workers, machinists, Food and Commercial workers, Service Employees, Office Professionals, Autoworkers, and many many others who do their part in their respective fields.
Being union, and having that special legal status, tells the world that you are a seious professional who knows how to the job right and safe. Being union means you value training and professional development, but it also means that you take pride in your role as a American worker and citizen.
As much as employers try to tear down unions, you’d think there’s nothing about unions they like, but that’s not true. Employers look to hire people out of unions because they are a known quantity. Union workers, as a whole, are well trained, drug-free, and have the work ethic that they want in their organizations. Fact of the matter is, employers recognize and appreciate the talents union and former union workers bring with them right up to the point it’s time to talk pay and benefits.
So don’t let the fact that we mention other unions when we talk about issues. That’s one of the greatest strengths of being union is the sharing of knowledge within our union family. If you need proof of this, just click on any of the links above for other National Union’s webpages. You’ll see that they fight for and against many of the same things as we do.
When it comes to the question of should you stay union, remember, “If You Don’t Know, Don’t Go.”
We’re all in this together!
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