by Karen Adkins-Fleener
The union works for benefits, supports us with representation and helps argue wages. I decided to join when I realized I wanted union benefits and support for others, not just me! It costs only 3 daysâ€™ wages a year. We canâ€™t afford not to do our share. The negotiated policy changes are important, and the list is impressive. Why not join to support me and others that need these benefits nowâ€”more than ever! Just think what difference we can make with the latest problemsâ€”outsourcing and buildings before wagesâ€”if we get more members. One reason the administration thinks we donâ€™t care is because we arenâ€™t all members.
I had no idea I would ever need the union. Iâ€™m sorry to say that Iâ€™ve had to call on them two times, and they did a wonderful job helping me. After the first time, I joined the union, but then after a while I felt the budget tightness and dropped out. Being single and paying rent, utilities and car payments can be daunting. Sure enough I actually needed them again. How embarrassing! Now I will always be a dues-paying member to support YOU and ALL STAFF.