Leadership Reports

President’s Report

Racism in America: ‘You’ve got to be carefully taught’

December 1, 2017
  In the classic 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, the character Lieutenant Cable sings a song called “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” It starts like this: You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught, From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught. This simple song about racism was controversial in its time. The show’s composers and producers were accused of Communist sympathies. Legislators in Georgia introduced a bill to outlaw entertainment containing “an underlying philosophy inspired by Moscow.” Some of us may be surprised to learn that racism was so openly defended and advocated by elected officials as late as the mid-20th century. But recent events remind us that rac

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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

The value of your union contract: priceless

December 1, 2017
By now all of our union’s members, in all of the many industries we serve, should have received copies of their union contracts in the mail. Please contact your union representative if you haven’t obtained your copy. Whether you’ve worked at your company a few months or a few years, it’s a good idea to read this important document from front to back. Your contract specifies the wages you earn, the health care you receive and other benefits of union membership, including pension, vacations, holiday and overtime pay, work guarantees, life insurance, sick leave and rights on the job. Our union’s negotiators work hard to reach the best possible agreements with our employers. These agreements are then submitted to our members for their approval and ratification. The end result is a better quality of life for you and your family. Other workers can only dream of the wages,

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