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What is a Union?
It's you... and him... and her... and workers everywhere


This is the way Webster's Dictionary describes the term:
union (yoon-yen): The act of uniting or the state of being united for mutual interest or benefit.


      As applied to organized labor, it is workers joining together to pursue policies and goals beneficial to one and all.
      Nothing more, nothing less.
      In other words, a union is you and your fellow workers, acting in concert to better your evey-day working conditions.
      A union is what gives the individual worker a voice in decisions and events that directly affect him or her in an undertaking that constitutes a major portion of life, that is, work.
      A union allows workers a say in changing workplace conditions and solving workplace problems. With a union contract and grievance procedure to back them up, workers don't have to suffer in silence or feel that their only option to unacceptable conditions is to quit their jobs.
      As one newly organized worker put it after he and his fellow workers ratified their first contract:
With a union, you have a right to voice your opinion and to have an effect on things affecting you. Management can't just tell you, 'Don't let the door hit you on the way out."


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