The fact is that more than 99 per cent of contractual transactions between IUOE and management have reached an agreement at the negotiating table or through mediation or conciliation. Everything is very peaceful, without work stoppage. And we`re talking about thousands of treaties that are negotiated every year in the U.S. and Canada. It is important to note that, as described above, each local officer is a member. Each public servant worked like any other member in a collective agreement. All elected officials of the local union were selected to lead the day-to-day affairs of the union because of their skills, commitment and ability to serve affiliation. Whether it`s contract processing, processing a claim or arbitration, negotiating a retirement plan, providing continuing education offers, offering discount programs in areas such as credit cards and legal advice, your expenses are now invested in your well-being, progress and stability tomorrow. Despite the propaganda that one could obtain from anti-union forces, it is a fact that strikes are the last resort in a union`s relations with management.
It is only when management refuses to deal with workers or is so unfair that the conditions it proposes are impossible to live with that the unions strike. A union gives the worker a voice in decisions and events that directly affect him in a company that represents a large part of life, that is, work. IUOE allows you to get a direct return on your investment, as your expenses are directly spent on providing services for you and your family. Strike or not to strike is the decision of the members. Contrary to popular propaganda, trade union strikes are rather rare. What happens is that, in the rare cases where a strike takes place, it makes headlines and leads the story in the various media and in public opinion with the impression that it is a daily event. The costs are, of course, relative. It relates to the services offered, to what you get for your money. How many times have you said, “I have nothing against paying the fees as long as I get to the value of my money?” For this reason, you should consider the cost of union membership – your introductory fees (if any) and your monthly taxes – as an investment.