The human being, more often than not, looks to get the edge on his fellows whenever the opportunity presents itself. We all share this intrinsic fault.
Over the generations, people learned how to correct the abuse this tendency had created in the world’s labor forces….they slowly understood they needed to do things in unity if they were to better their state of existence.
That led to the formation of Unions, born of their membership who understood their unity often demanded of them sacrifices, including ther shedding of blood. That still happens here and around the world.
Unionism, today, boasts a litany of victories alongside a list, almost as long, of defeats in the efforts to insure decent family sustaining wages for its members and for non-union workers as well. That battle never ends. It continues in this city in many ways.
Today, Philadelphia is labeled derogatorily as a Union Town, with every operative seeking to make a buck here spewing venom when it comes to their reasons as to why it is difficult to do business in this town.
Yet, stats show time and again, jobs using union labor come in under budget and finish up earlier than expected. This, often, is not the record of those attempting to use non labor contractors and their nonunion workers.
There are many reasons why union labor is the best source. Foremost, the strength of the Union movement in this town has insured developers, contractors, manufacturers and institutional managers a solid dependable, trained work force.
Gone are the wildcat strikes of yesteryear and with them the near sighted leaders who pushed and demanded concessions at every opportunity regardless of the damaging impact they would make.
A look at today’s union leaders and of the Locals they lead in this city shows a shared commitment to insuring the success of every venture and every contract so both sides at the table walk away knowing they have agreed to mutual win-win decisions.
A major factor are the Apprenticeship Schools, offering demanding, intensive training in whatever the trade to young men and women who understand they have been placed on career paths. Their alumni is sought after by those who understand the full benefits of hiring trained union members at the rates called for by their Trade agreements.
Making Philadelphians proud of their union label is the way Unions in this city regularly go to help the less fortunate by donating their membership’s time and talent into helping charitable and needy groups complete necessary missions, from paving, to building, to equipping buildings, churches, and other non profit facilities.
Though the Unions seemingly hold a dominant position in the economy of this city, they still need to do battle to insure those attempting to erode the employment of unionists, do not succeed.
They’ve taken bad raps, fueled by critics who blame unions for every reason they can think of for themselves not tapping a trained pool of workers.
The recent number of building collapses, some at the hands of non union contractors highlights in greater headlines why union trained labor is the best labor.
To the Unions, their Leaders, and to their hard working rank and file, we dedicate this issue.