Our slogan for the UWUA Constitutional Convention is, “Reclaim, Reclaim, Retrain, Repower, Repair America!” How important are these goals to you and the members of the UWUA, and why?
VP Energy Delivery
“ The American utility infrastructure is falling into a state of disrepair. Thousands of miles of water, sewer, and gas pipelines are in desperate need of repair, with some being decades older than many of us on the job. Ailing electric power plants and transmission lines have had basic maintenance and routine upgrades put off for so long that now safety and reliability are major concerns. Now is the time to invest in the future, to Reclaim those skilled labor jobs for America, to Retrain our workers with the technical skills they will need for tomorrow, and to Repower and Repair the infrastructure of America. It’s time for the next Great Generation in America.”
“These four goals are very important to the UWUA and its members. There is a change needing to be made in America. The slogan makes clear what change is needed. Once we ‘reclaim’ our rights, we then focus to ‘retrain’ to get America back on the right track to help rebuild our infrastructure. After that we are on the path to ‘repower’ as a union, which would reflect on how we will ‘Rebuild
“These are goals that every American should approve of whether you are union or not. The working force is the backbone of America and the Unions are the glue holding everything together.”
“‘Reclaim, Retrain, Repower, Repair America’ are words for our brothers and sisters to embrace. In an age where shareholder value is most important to corporations, the union worker must maximize their stock value as well.
We must utilize all of our talents. Perform safe and quality work at the best of our abilities. All of the time. Workers need to make investments to empower one another. Anticipate, Participate and Appreciate.
Anticipate work rule and condition changes. Make safety and quality job one. Anticipate political changes such as, ‘Right-to-Work’ legislation. Be an educated voter.
Participate in your local. Go to meetings and get involved. Participate in continuing training. Becoming a skilled worker doesn’t come naturally.
Keep learning and help educate others where you can. Participate in elections and, get out and vote. Appreciate what you have. You are an empowered union worker who has a voice. Appreciate that you have the support of your union.
These are only just a few attributes that we can bring to our daily work lives. However, I believe that if we can keep these words in mind, our shareholder value as union workers will increase and as one union we can Reclaim, Retrain, Repower, and Repair America.”
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