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(6:00pm)
Oct 5th, 2017
Nov 2nd, 2017
Dec 7th, 2017

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HOW AND WHY TO BECOME A MEMBER

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ORGANIZING
What is Organizing?
The common term for a group of workers looking to join a union is "Organizing." Workers organize for various reasons, be it to improve their working conditions, increase their pay or benefits, and/or to create a better working environment.

Introduction
The American Promise is that if we go to school, work hard, and become a productive and faithful employee, we can then expect to support a family, raise and educate our children, enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life and retire with dignity. We weren't supposed to have to win the lottery, or be a corporate executive to enjoy the American dream. That was the vision of middle class Americans, who once modeled the image of what it was to be an American. The middle class is disappearing in direct proportion to the demise of the American union movement. After World War II, nearly 30 percent of our work force belonged to unions. Today, barely half that are organized. Today, a few own the world's resources while most live in poverty. Wages of $8 per hour are common. For most of these workers there is no health insurance or retirement plans. The result? Taxpayers across the United States are making up for what employers should be paying with public assistance programs. That's corporate welfare. Why are wages so low? Because that's the easiest way to increase profitability. The result? Today, the wealthiest one percent own as much of our nation as ninety percent of the rest of us. Corporate CEO's can earn 500 times the wages paid their workers.

Why Unions?
The freedom to form unions is a basic human right. In 1935, the US Government enacted the National Labor Relations Act that said, "Employees shall have the right to form.labor organizations.to bargain collectively.(and employers may not) interfere with.the exercise of.this right." Workers form unions because there is power in numbers. Where unions are strong, employers must bargain collectively to set the terms and conditions of employment. The demand for profits must then be compromised with fairness toward workers.

What Have Unions Done for Us?
8-hour day, 5-day work week, Health Insurance, Good pensions, Job security, Overtime pay and Job safety to name a few. Union members typically earn 28 percent more than nonunion workers. But stronger unions raise living standards and improve the quality of life for everyone. In the 10 states in which unions are the strongest, there is less poverty, higher household income, more education spending, and better public policy than in the 10 states where unions are weakest.

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