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Why Unions Matter

Why Unions Matter

by Gabrielle Broderick

Unions matter for so many reasons. First and foremost, unions stand up for the working person's rights between workers and employers. Unions fight for fair, competitive wages for all employees across the board. Pensions are a very important issue for unions, because they have to look out for all past employees for all the previous service they put in, to keep the unions alive and strong. 

Perhaps the biggest reason why unions matter to me right now is for the medical benefits. My Dad has been a member of a union all his working life. He has never had to use a lot of things that unions have to offer, benefit-wise, until now. You see, I was diagnosed with Crohn's and Colitis two years ago, when I was 14 years old. I just turned 17 and have tried different medications that didn't seem to work for me. i just recently started a new medication that is very expensive and seems to be working, and relieves me of the pain. I am very grateful my Dad has a union job with good medical benefits that cover this medication. This is why unions matter to me. 

Award date: 
May, 2017
Winner name: 
Gabrielle Broderick
NUPGE component: 
Why Unions Matter