PRESIDENTS CORNER

Thank you to all of the union members. I appreciate all that you do and without you there would be no CWA Local 3607.

Thank you,

Your Local 3607 President
Rodney Hughes



A Letter from the President

Let’s take a few moments and look at the reason why the Union is so important.

Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and fights you enjoy every day are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today.”

Unions are not just beneficial for members, they are beneficial for our communities, families, and country as a whole. Large corporations would love for us to believe otherwise. However, in giving the history you will see that UNIONS have been the driving force to gaining a better way of life.

Let’s take a look at 36 ways that unions have improved our lives:

    Weekends without work; Paid vacation; 40-hour work week;
    All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks;
    Sick Leave; Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
    Unemployment insurance; Social Security; Pensions; Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp); Employer dental, life, and vision insurance;
    Civil Rights Act/Title VII-prohibits employer discrimination; The right to strike;
    8-hour work day; Overtime pay; Minimum wage;
    Child labor laws; Laws ending sweatshops in the United States; Public education for children;
    Workplace safety standards and regulations; Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA);
    Employer health care insurance;
    Collective bargaining rights for employees; Wrongful termination laws;
    Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA); Privacy rights;
    Whistleblower protection laws;
    Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)-prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee;
    Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS);
    Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises);
    Sexual harassment laws; Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011-requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Holiday pay; Military leave; Pregnancy and parental leave

In conclusion, I want to thank all of our members, local and nationwide, that have contributed to the success of the labor movement. A special recognition to Local 3607 for all that you do and your continued hard work in getting our issues heard! Anyone that wants to help in our efforts, please reach out.

BE STRONG, IN UNITY and SOLIDARITY and we can get it done.  CWA STRONG!

Rodney Hughes

President
CWA Local 3607

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