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I’m what’s referred to as a ‘Legacy’. My father was a machinist at United. I needed a good job, and it was union job. It had good benefits, good pay. I was a single father at the time, so getting health care and better wages was very important to me and my small family.
Our Local Unions
Our members work for freight and delivery companies; they also work in construction, dairy, beverage, food processing, parking, solid waste/recycling, hotels, shuttle bus driving, schools, public services, and many other industries.
The good news is that, according to Gallup Polls, public approval of unions jumped to 64% this year, putting it near its 50-year high. The bad news is that since 1979, union representation of workers has dropped by more than half, descending from 27% to less than 11%. Half of Americans believe that the decline in union representation is bad for working people.
“It’s been a decades-long attack on working people,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler.... Read more »