Since joining the UWUA in 2009, Lakeland, Florida Local 604 members have made tremendous advances in a state that is not known for being worker-friendly.
Believing the best defense is a good offense, with assistance from the National UWUA, the local is now organizing all city workers who are not already in the union but could be.
In a recent letter to Lakeland employees, 604 E-Board members wrote: “For many of you, this may be the first experience dealing with a union. We feel strongly about membership because our members are the ‘union.’ The leadership of Local 604’s main goals are to bring effective representation to our workplace and to bargain for better wages and working conditions for our members…. Today more than ever, it is important to unionize and have a voice. Employers are trying to get rid of the responsibility for providing quality health insurance, good pensions, job safety protections, etc.”