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Letter to the Editor: UAW Union of Choice

March 12, 2008

To the Editor:

The recent mailings and emails that staff have received from management about unionizing are very interesting. We are happy that management “found” money so we might get raises up to 5.5 percent. But we should be able to plan for our own futures and know what we can count on without surprises. Now is the time for all of us to take a stand, to have our voices heard and make a difference, and to negotiate improved wages, benefits and working conditions.

We can make UNH better and the UAW is the union that can help us achieve this goal. We support the UAW because the union is committed to raising the quality of life for working people worldwide. The UAW is a leader among unions and is not afraid to stand up for what is right. The UAW has led the way in bargaining strong contracts because UAW members are the highest authority in the union. That means when we become UAW members, we will run our union.

And the UAW has a fair dues system. In the UAW, dues are less than 1 percent. That way, unlike a flat rate system, workers who make less pay less, and workers who can afford a little more pay a little more. But overall, for each $1,000 we make, we would only pay $8.05. For us, it is well worth having the backing of a strong union like the UAW.

The UAW knows higher education and there are UAW members at more than 60 college and university campuses across the United States including locally, Boston University, the University of Hartford, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lowell and Boston. The UAW has 1.1 million active and retired members. They have the resources we will need to make this happen.

We are urging everyone to help make UNH a better place by supporting the UAW. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Jeanne Ann Mitchell, academic student services assistant
History Department
34 years at UNH

Susan Kilday, administrative assistant I
History Department
8 years at UNH

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