It is common belief that having a union enables people to improve wages and benefits. While this is true, it is only part of the picture. The N.L.R.A. (National Labor Relations Act) section 7 says: “Employees shall have the right to self organization, to form, join or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing and engage in other concerted activities for collective bargaining...” Local 4 is encouraged by these words and has taken steps to make them ring true.
The question then becomes what do we do?
We ORGANIZE and as we organize a common theme emerges:
- Better Benefits and Wages
- Better Working Conditions
- Health Insurance and Retirement Benefits
- Employment Opportunities
- Market Share in our Jurisdiction
- Apprenticeship and Training
Sound familiar? Local 4 has been successful in organizing employers that provide good wages and benefits for employees under collective bargaining agreements. The real goal is to build a stronger Local to better enable employees to negotiate good contracts and increase their standard of living and quality of life. Organizing is a task of endless hours and no material reward, but that is not what it is about. Organizing is simply defined as survival of what we know to be true and defining who we will be in the future. Have a voice and be heard.