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Unions Are Good For Families – Tony Fazio

| Blog | January 8, 2014

Tony Fazio has over 25 years of experience working on hundreds of campaigns in the political communications industry, and has created many winning direct mail programs for candidates, labor organizations and campaigns all across America. Tony started his first national direct mail company in 1981 and started Winning Directions in 1989. He has also volunteered his time and held numerous positions with statewide and local community groups in California.

unionsWhat Have Unions Done For us?

It is time to stop bashing unions. There is no other method to ensure that working-class people receive decent wages, safe working conditions, and  voice on the job. Unions representation helps workers receive a fair share of the income that their work  generates for business.  

The past four decades have been grim for the American labor movement. The percentage of workers enrolled in unions has been dropping since the 1970s.

But things are changing. Over the past year,  large numbers of American workers have gone on strike. Fast food workers in over 100 cities have demanded a base wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union. Walmart employees  forged their campaign against the world’s largest private employer. And low-wage, federally contracted workers attracted the support of over 60 sitting members of Congress, and campaigns across the country for a higher minimum wage. These campaigns represent a new era in labor organizing.

The  AFL-CIO and SEIU are also expanding  their organizations  for supporting low-wage, non-traditional workers’ campaigns. SEIU has acted as a key supporter of the fast food strikers and the  AFL-CIO intends to expand its organization Working America into  every state in America.

We must reach out to the new generations of workers who experience lousy pay, little or no healthcare benefits and no pensions to revive the ranks of unions members…..and there are plenty of them out there to organize.

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36 things Unions Made Possible?

  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Sick leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
  9. 8-hour work day
  10. Overtime pay
  11. Child labor laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40-hour work week
  14. Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
  15. Unemployment insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  18. Employer health care insurance
  19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  20. Wrongful termination laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  22. Whistleblower protection laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
  26. Sexual harassment laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday pay
  29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  30. Privacy rights
  31. Pregnancy and parental leave
  32. Military leave
  33. The right to strike
  34. Public education for children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
  36. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

 

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