I believe that now, more than ever, we need a strong union that can stand up for us and stand firm in the beliefs of what all who came before us worked and fought so hard for; the right to fair wage for the work done and the insurance that is affordable for singles as well as for those with families.
I became a member of SEIU Local November of 1998. My first performed job as a union member was a Food Service Worker. I worked in the steam room for years at which I transferred to the patient serving area where I prepped patient plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was more than happy to do it. While working at Oak Forest Hospital I was struggling to take care of two children, but I was happy to have the job because it was a union job. I knew about union jobs, for my father had worked in a union job. I was asked to be a union steward and I asked what that would entail. I was told I would be helping the other workers to keep their jobs and not let management to bully them. I was all for that. I would fight for our rights. Then I would be able to fight for others who were unable to fight alone. I agreed.
I have always been a person to help when others needed it, even in grade school. I would walk home with the ones who were afraid. I took on two children, even after I had one had raised of my own, just to see them inside a home and not on the street. I am all for fighting for the right.
It was great traveling to different cities and states to help start a union for those who wanted to have the privilege to be able to feed their families on a decent salary and have insurance to take them to the doctors. I stood with some of them that were willing to fight and I fought standing with other union members for some that could not fight for themselves.
I am proud to be a member of the Members Leading Members team because this is the Slate who will always think of members first. I, along with the others slated on this team, come with the years of knowing what is needed to get the job done. We are ready to do this work!