Your Views: Remember what the United Auto Workers did for you
This letter is directed to General Motors Local 95 retirees who are too cheap to have $2 taken out of retiree checks to help support the union. Most say: Why should I give the union $2? What have they done for me? I’ve heard this ever since I worked there.
A few things the union has done and is still doing for you:
1. The union protected your jobs. I knew quite a few older people who worked there before the union started. They told me if the foreman came to work with a hangover or had an argument with his wife the night before, he could walk up to someone he didn’t like and fire him on the spot. If it wasn’t for the union, this could have happened to you.
2. The union got you a top wage. That wage probably was more than you could have made working for a non-union factory.
3. The union got you some of the best retirement in the country. Are you enjoying our retirement? Thank the union.
4. The union got you some of the best health insurance money could buy. Thank the union. Yet you won’t give the union $2 per month? Think about this the next time you must see your doctor.
I’m not a union officer and never have been one. I was just an average hourly worker who appreciated what the union did for me. I’m glad to give it $2 per month.
JOHN R. BERGMAN