Unions have long been part of our nation’s history fighting for better wages, safer working conditions, health care, and pension benefits, education and civic participation. Unions have brought diverse voices together and their struggles have improved the working conditions, the standard of living and the recognition of not just their members, but for all workers.
In today’s political environment, some politicians are focusing on rolling back the rights of Unions and their members in many states and continue to push for right to work laws that will reduce the collective bargaining powers of unions to bargain effectively for their members.
Unions aren’t a thing of the past, as many politicians would want you to believe. We are a vital part of our social fabric and economic future. Unions are involved in their communities and offer apprenticeship programs to train workers and to provide them with the skills needed to obtain good paying jobs that can support families.
Unions have had their problems; what organizations haven’t encountered difficulties? It is convenient for some politicians to belittle the contributions or usefulness of unions. Indeed, much of the public has lost touch with what unions do and who they are. Unions are organizations that help workers join together to improve their lives and current working conditions.
The one thing the public does know is that union members, through collective bargaining, have higher wages and better benefits. But union membership actually raises the living and working standards for all working men and women - union and non-union.
This summer, NOITU’s Daniel Lasky Scholarship Fund awarded seven (7) scholarships to high school graduates of our members who received acceptance to College and University; their pictures are published in this issue.
The NOITU Individual Account Plan continues to add new participants as contracts are renegotiated and new companies are organized into the Union. More members are beginning to take advantage of the deferral feature of the plan that allows them to save for their retirement, on a pretax basis. If you would like to learn more about your account and this feature, please contact your Union Representative.
Our organizing drive this year has resulted in several new companies being organized and we are currently in the process of negotiating contracts for these members. Please keep in mind that we continue to reward any member who recommends and helps us organize any company that results in a successful negotiated contract; the member will be awarded the first full month of dues, based on the membership within that company.
On behalf of myself, the Executive Board and the entire staff of the NOITU Organization, we wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016.