Union Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome to our first digital newsletter! We want to provide access to our information and our stories in a more practical way, and we feel that distributing this out electronically will do just that. We hope you like the new format.
This year, as we all know, was quite possibly the most challenging year of our lifetime. The uniqueness and uncertainty of 2020 forced us at the Joint Board to make internal operational changes quickly and dramatically, while still providing top-notch union representation to our members and retirees, as well as continuing to put resources into our organizing program.
Every union shop we represent is different in one way or another, and we saw that during the pandemic. Some workplaces remained open every single day since March. Other workplaces have been closed completely. And there are many that have been somewhere in between, on reduced hours, or a reduced workforce. No matter where you work though, we have fought hard to ensure safe working conditions, minimize risks to our members, and simultaneously still bargain and fight for economic gains.
We are not out of the woods yet with this pandemic, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please stay safe and healthy. I hope you enjoy the holidays, even if they do not look like they normally would. For 2021 and beyond, I promise my dedication and solidarity to our union- each and every one of you. The workers united will never be defeated!
Gary Bonadonna Jr.
Manager, Rochester Regional Joint Board
Workers United International VP