Some key freedoms that people take for granted today – such as having weekends off, coffee breaks, eight-hour work schedules – were all negotiated and won by labor union efforts. Health Care benefits, Family Care, Child Care, Employee Education, Official Time, Dues withholding – all won by strong union efforts. Only by being united as a union, could employees have ever had hope of negotiating and winning these concessions from their employers. Because of our union efforts, these concessions are now called rights –and rightfully so.
Alma L. Lee National VA Council, President