Workers have done a lot to adjust to working amidst a global pandemic. They have dealt with additional personal protective equipment, changing schedules and more.
United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo discussed how workers have adapted to the pandemic, how unions have fared in southern So-Called “Right to Work” states and how unions have had a seat at the table with President-elect Biden.
Working through the pandemic
Flippo said workers have done their best while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers seem to have adjusted well to making a living during the pandemic.
He said negotiations have changed, as extra safety measures now need to be taken. Daily work has changed throughout the country. Instead of meeting with leaders of Local Unions in person, business is being conducted online.
Flippo said they are doing everything possible to keep people safe and moving forward.
Working in so-called “Right to Work” states
Many of the southeastern states in District 9 are So-Called “Right to Work” states. However, Flippo said many are becoming more willing to gain union representation.
He explained a recruiting strategy they use when trying to attract new members. Essentially, they lay out why representation is important and good for families and the economy, saying “it is wrong not to belong.”
Then they encourage members to talk to the people they know and encourage them to seek representation in their workplace as well.
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