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Wed May 26, 2021, 07:38 AM

11. As a long time union guy, my advise to any young member is

get a copy of the local agreement and the national. Learn it and always have a copy close by. In my 30 years on the job, it had saved me many times. When you start talking Section 3, paragraph 19, they tend to shut up and back off. It also comes in handy when you have to deal with your union rep., when you can point the rules out to that person.
I became a big fan the first year I worked there. I worked with an older guy whose 18 year old daughter had just got a job there came by with tears in her eyes. Her foreman, who was also new and his father was a big shot at the company had just sexually harassed her. Now this was back in 1972. He had told her he wanted oral sex and if he didn't get it, she was going on the hardest job on the line. Dad called the union down and told them what happened. They went around and organized a wildcat and the whole plant walked off. They told the plant manager we were not coming back until that guy was fired. Took 3 days for the company to add up the millions of lost money and that foreman was fired.

The union has some flaws, they are human too. But, that has stuck with me for almost 50 years.

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