IUOE Local 925
PO Box 398
Mango, FL 33550

813-626-4161
813-623-1381 Fax

So imagine this scenario. You and your coworkers decide that there are a few issues at work that need addressing. It could be something as simple as not having access to cold water on a hot summer day. Or it could be a more serious matter such as everyone constantly getting their hours shaved off of their paychecks. How do you go about handling the situation? Remember, you are about to address the very organization that puts the food on your table. So who is it that goes up to the management and says something? Is it going to be you? If so, you are going to need everyone to be on the same page, singing the same tune. Otherwise, you're sticking your neck out for nothing.

So let's assume that everyone is on the same page. We're all standing together on this. You approach the management with your issues and demand action. Depending on how much of a united front everyone displays, the demands are either addressed or ignored. Let's assume that they are addressed. Congratulations! You and your coworkers just formed a mini union and it had an impact! Seing how well this system works, everyone decides that there are a few more issues that need addressed. "We shouldn't have to pay so much for health care for our families!" one coworker says. "Yeah, and I'm not getting any younger. How about we set up a system so that we can retire with dignity!" another proclaims.

So how do you go about getting these things accomplished? Well, you can spend all of your free time meeting with financial advisors, insurance agents, and lawyers in an effort to build a benefits program for you and your coworkers. Or you could leave it up to the employer to decide how to tackle these challenges. Remembering that this is the same employer who was shaving your hours, you decide against that option.

Then you spend some time educating yourself on how benefits are handled for groups. One of the things you realize, beside the fact that this is going to be a lot of work, is that there is strength in numbers. Your group of coworkers may have had enough of a voice to get some icewater on the job, but you don't command very much attention from the insurance companies and investment firms. So how do you increase your numbers? Isn't there a larger group of people that are looking to accomplish the same thing as you? Shouldn't this system already be in place?

Absolutely! There are over 400,000 members of the International Union of Operating Engineers in the United States and Canada. We already enjoy all of the benefits that you are trying so desperately to create yourself. This is the voice you were searching for and best of all the system is in place and there are highly qualified people running it. You sure don't need to reinvent the wheel!

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