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Dolores Huerta on Why Unions Matter

According to labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, unions matter much more than most of us think.

“I think young people are skeptical of unions because they don’t know what unions are,” she explained. “The reason that young people don’t understand about labor is because we don’t teach labor studies in our schools. Young people don’t know how did we get the eight-hour day? How did we get the weekends? How did we get unemployment insurance? Disability insurance? How did we get public education? Social Security? Safety standards? These are the benefits that working people have, that were fought for by labor unions and people who died to get these benefits.”

Huerta is a lifelong activist for workers’ civil rights. Alongside Cesar Chavez, she helped organize the 1965 Delano grape strike, which brought national attention to the plight of farm workers. Through her life, she has remained a strong critic of inequality.

“Working people are the majority of the people in our United States of America,” she said. “Labor unions are the ones that really create the middle class. If we eliminate the middle class, then we don’t have a real democracy, because the majority of people in the United States are workers. 

ATTENTION ALL LOCAL 495 MEMBERS

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the city expires June 30, 2020.  Membership surveys for contract proposal & changes will be distributed starting late this month and during the month of April.  Once you have filled out a survey, it will be your responsibility to return it to your Shop Steward, Executive Board Member, any of Executive Officers below or, Bring them to the April or May General Membership Meeting.  For the Worcester Public Library, I will be distributing your surveys until that changes.
 
REMEMBER, OUR UNION IS ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR PARTICIPATION
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Sean Maher
National Vice President
President, Executive Officer, LOCAL 495
The National Association of Government Workers, N.A.G.E.

Who is NAGE?

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) is an organization of members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. We are dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
We are public and private  workers—federal, state, county, and municipal employees—police Click to view Who Is NAGE?officers, firefighters, correctional officers, health care workers—nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians—office workers, and professional workers. We seek a stronger union to build power for ourselves and to protect the people we serve.
Women and men of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, physical ability and sexual orientation, we are the standard-bearers in the struggle for social and economic justice begun nearly half a century ago by shipyard workers who dared to dream beyond their daily hardships and to organize for economic security, dignity and respect.

2019 Central MA AFL-CIO Scholarships

 
LOCAL 495 Members are eligible to apply for these scholarships, PLEASE APPLY.
 
We are pleased to announce that the Central MA AFL-CIO will be awarding six $1,000.00 scholarships as well as several $500 Platinum sponsored scholarships.
 
The scholarship recipients will be drawn by lottery at the May community services committee meeting and the winners will be announced at the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, June 7, 2019. The scholarships will be presented at the Labor Day breakfast September 2, 2019.
 
To be eligible, the student must be a 2019 graduating high school senior going on to college and a child, grandchild or member who’s local is affiliated with the Central MA AFL-CIO. Union members must live or work in the jurisdiction of the Central Ma. AFL/CIO.
                                                                                             
All names must be submitted by April 26, 2019 and returned to:
                                              
Paul Soucy
AFL/CIO Labor Community Services
Central Ma. AFL-CIO
400 Washington St
Auburn, Ma. 01501

 

Ballot Questions

Please make your voice heard,

We, members of LOCAL 495 of the National Association of Government Employees; support working people, patient safety and fairness in all of our communities. 

PLEASE VOTE YES on questions 1, 2 and 3.

We can recognize patient safety, big business interests and haters, please vote against them all.

Thanks to Unions

I take exception to Julian Van Dyke’s Column June 6, (2010) “Pueblo officials should defy union bosses,” especially his sentence, “They are politicians who owe allegiance to the unions even at the expense of the rest of us.”
 
When I think of some of the achievements of U.S. labor unions, I believe we should be thanking them instead of condemning them.

General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meetings will be supsended for June, July and August of 2018

New Contract

NAGE has successfully signed a new contract effective through June 2020.

2019 Annual NAGE Scholarship

Please see your union representative for information on 2019 annual NAGE scholarship.

What can NAGE do for you?

June 5, 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers

What can NAGE do for you?

We want to hear from you about any pressing concerns, issues, or questions you have.

Thank you, 

Local 495 Executive Board

 

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