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  • Letter From Mark Benaka (Business Manager)
    Updated On: Feb 17, 2017

    November 10, 2016

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

          Change is no longer on the horizon. The democratic process has spoken and labor and solidarity are now threatened more than ever before in our lifetime.

         Unions are here to promote and protect the interest of all employees. It’s easy to forget that unions fought for many of the protections we take for granted in today’s workplaces: the minimum wage, the eight-hour workday, benefits, and safe working conditions. Unions represent employees in disciplinary processes, lobby for laws and regulations that protect working families, and offer numerous member services outside of the workplace.  Unions are the only avenue for workers to have collective bargaining.      

         The Burke Group reports, “unions raise productivity on average by up to 24% in manufacturing and develop higher professional standards within those organized workers.” Why is it so difficult to bargain with employers when such positive productivity results are brought to the workplace?

         In the coming months, you will have the opportunity to set in motion change within your Local. The BCTGM International Union is the oldest independent union in America, debt free and stronger than ever before. We take on battles every year to protect jobs, wages, workplace safety, and a better standard of living; while some of the wealthiest companies in this nation fight to shut down unions.  Solidarity could never be more important, or threatened.

         In conclusion, I ask what value you put on solidarity? What does solidarity do to affect your household?  With faith come sacrifices. What do you have faith in and what sacrifices are willing to make? Opportunities will soon arise to put your faith in motion. Please, rise to the occasion, let your voice speak, and sacrifice your time and talent to further the cause of the union.

         Be proud to be a union member! Be proud to be an American!


         Mark Benaka

         President, BCTGM Local 218

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