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
34 years at UNH
Susan Kilday, administrative assistant I
8 years at UNH