"Our cause is the cause of human justice,
human rights and human security"
Organizing the unorganized has always been the driving spirit behind the labor movement.
In earlier years, workers who tried to form unions were beaten by company thugs or shot at by government troops. Union organizers risked -- and sometimes gave -- their lives to win the fight for dignity and justice on the job.
It is because of the sacrifices of these heroic men and women that American workers enjoy the standard of living we have today.
As we start a new decade, organizing continues to be the labor movement's vital mission. The anti-union attacks take different forms, but they are just as intense and brutal as in the early days of the labor movement.
Union-Busters now carry brief cases instead of brass knuckles, but their aim is the same: to divide and demoralize workers, to prevent them from having a voice on the job and in society.
Despite the setbacks, trade unionists today are no more willing to give up the struggle than were our predecessors.
Workers know that hazards on the job maim and destroy thousands every year. Workers know that discrimination and favoritism rob people of opportunities for advancement. Workers know about the lack of dignity that exists when people are denied a voice in their working lives.
And trade unionists understand that everything we have achieved can be taken away if we don't continue to organize. Employers pit one group against another, demanding concessions in order to be "competitive." To be strong, we must be united.
Organizing is the job of every single union member. It is the responsibility of all of us to educate our friends and neighbors about what a union really is.
That a union is more than just a collective bargaining agreement. It is more than the improved wages and benefits that come with a union contract. A union is more than the leadership and staff -- the lawyers, negotiators, educators, economists -- who assist us.
The union is the people themselves, joining together in a triumph of hope over fear, standing up together for justice.
Unions have led the fight for the 40-hour work week, eight-hour day, minimum wage, occupational saftey and health laws, fair standards act, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and the banning of child labor
IBEW Local 648 is committed to the advancement of the Wages, Benefits, and Working Conditions of All Electrical Workers!
What does "Joining IBEW Local 648" mean?
Joining IBEW Local 648 means that you will be a part of an organization whose objectives are not only to organize all workers in the entire electrical industry in the United States and Canada into local unions. We are also committed:
To promote reasonable methods of work,
To cultivate feelings of friendship among those of our industry,
To settle all disputes between employers and employees by arbitration
To assist each other in sickness or distress,
To secure employment,
To reduce the hours of daily labor,
To secure adequate pay for our work,
To seek a higher and higher standard of living,
To seek security for the individual,
And by legal and proper means to elevate the morale, intellectual and social conditions of our members, their families and dependents, in the interest of a higher standard of citizenship.
Under Federal Law You Have A Right!
Organization through Unionism is a legal right. Federal Law gives workers in most employment situations the right to join together to form a Union. The law is known as the "National Labor Relations Act" or NLRA and was originally put into effect in 1935 as the Wagner Act.
Did You Know?
The National Labor Relations Act protects employees rights to discuss wages and benefits with co-workers. It has also been ruled that it is a violation of the Act for an employer to discipline its employees for discussing and comparing their current wages with each other. An employer can not make or enforce this type of policy.
The Act protects employees rights to talk about Unions with their co-workers.
An employer that spies on employees engaging in protected concerted activity, such as Union talk or meetings, can be fined under the Act.
Employers do not have the right to discriminate in hiring or firing based purely on Union sympathy or affiliation.
The National Labor Relations Act is for ALL employees, not just Union or non-Union. It provides ALL of us with protection. The National Labor Relations Act is administered by the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB. Know Your Rights! - National Labor Relations Board
For additional information call (513)-863-6515 and ask for an Organizer or e-mail Local 648 at: IBEW648@fuse.net