Tell Your Story
Which union are you a member of, and what kind of work do you do? Why is your union important to you? Have you worked in a state with anti-union laws? If so, what differences do you see here in Oregon?
Stories from Oregonians
My union gave me a voice in establishing how my workplace rules and schedules were formed. It helped develop a good labor / management relationship.
Our union is our voice, united to demand equality and to protect diversity.
My union provided me with job security, a good worksite and a pension which helps my day-to-day life as a retiree.
A strong middle class is better for everyone. We can't just have the top one or two percent raking in all the money while the middle class is struggling.
It was a real boon to my career, to my personal knowledge of the trade, to be able to take these classes that were organized through the union.
Without unions through the years we would not have the positions we have today, we wouldn't have sick leave, we wouldn't have decent pay, we wouldn't have vacation.
Unions allow workers to have a voice, and equally important, they allow voices to discuss, debate and create a healthier, more productive, safer environment that provides better patient outcomes.
As an autoworker, my local committee man saved me from a solvent bath and serious damage to my health.
Unions are the bedrock on which the quality of life, diginity and respect of all workers in the country rests. Without unions, the compensation and welfare of workers plumments under the capricious and avaricious control of the 1%
Having a union makes the employer recognize and address our safety concerns, a nurses' main interest is in the safety of their patients as well as their own workplace safety.
All workers should not have to worry about how to pay for their healthcare. Because of my union I could go to the dentist after years of not having dental insurance.
Unions are the last line of defense! Labor is the only entity keeping corporate greed at bay.
I'm happy that my union is working for retail workers like me.
The union has backed me several times on situations that were not fair.
What being a union member means to me is the freedom and security to know I have a voice in the work place. It gives me the ability to take care of my family and help others succeed and have better lives.
Even though the (union's) business manager was overloaded with all kinds of responsiblities — and it would have been very easy to let me go — he dropped the rest of his agenda for the day and committeed his time to helping me.
Unions are the foundation to fairness in the workplace. Without unions, abuses will fill the vacuum.
I have worked in non-union shops before and it is no place I want to be. You didn't have vacation time, you paid a lot for health insurance, you didn't have a retirement, you didn't have a pension — you are just going to work until the day you die.
The union has given to our local the right to bargain for a contract with four hour minimum pay, just cause, decent wages, and kept us working instead of replacing us with volunteers.