It is time
to assess our Union’s goals and objectives and
reaffirm our commitment to protect and advance
the living standards of our current membership
and for those who join our union in the future.
Organizing is the only way
that we can keep this commitment to ourselves
and our future members.
If you do not keep our
commitment then we lose the heart of our union
and we will surely cease to exist.
M. J. Sullivan
1999 BA Conference
In today's political and economic climate, now
more than ever workers need to join together. A
union can help create a more level playing field
with your employer. Instead of one person
telling management that wages should be fair,
health and safety regulations should be followed
and employees deserve good health care benefits,
a union helps you speak together, in one voice.
And that chorus of voices has more power than
one lone voice. A union is the vehicle workers
can use to help bring the chorus together.
United We Bargain, Divided We Beg
A union is created when
employees come together to try to improve their
working conditions and pay. Some outside
“third-party does not impose unions" as
anti-union employers would like you to believe.
A union exists only when a majority of workers
vote for it in a secret ballot election.
Our ranks will grow as more and more workers
realize the benefit of being part of a union.
Everywhere, according to the latest reports and
statistics, workers and professional
associations are joining large labor unions to
help protect their jobs, their rights and
benefits and improve working conditions.
Employers know that with a union, workers gain
the power to make themselves heard. That's why
an employer will go to great lengths to try to
divide us — by the kind of work we do or who we
happen to know in management. Or by age, gender,
race, national origin, religion, sexual
orientation, physical conditions or anything
else they can think of.
Because when we stand united, we have more
strength. Strength to win good contracts, better
benefits, and better working conditions. To
fight for better laws, and to gain dignity and
respect on the job.
In fact, the only way to gain a voice on our
jobs and gain real, positive changes in the
workplace is to get it in writing - in a legally
binding union contract.
When more workers organize with the Sheet Metal
Workers’ Local 83, we all gain the power to make
“Only a handful of
unreconstructed reactionaries harbor the ugly
thought of breaking unions and of depriving
working men or working women of the right to
join the union of their choice.”
Union members earn 25% more than non-union
70% of Union members have guaranteed defined
73% of union members have health care
Department of Labor, Employment and Earnings,
January 2002 Bureau of Labor Statistics,
Employee Benefits in Private Industry, 1999
If you would like more
information about becoming a member of Sheet
Metal Workers’ Local 83 you may contact the
Organizing / Marketing Development Department