Concerns about RTW in Ohio continue to draw large attendance at the Local 18 Labor History classes
This year Local 18 Labor History classes continued to draw large crowds of members and guests who learned about unions and threats to unions such as Right-to-Work (RTW). Business Manager Richard Dalton attributes most of this increased interest to the concern about RTW in the surrounding states and in Ohio.
Classes were held on Saturdays for members and their guests in every district for an eight-hour course. Special Representative Michael Bertolone heads up the team of speakers, which looks at the history of unions, related legislation and current events, and how all this affects the livelihood of Local 18 and Unions overall.
Labor History Class – A Day Well Spent
The creation of America’s first union in 1869 was not the end of the working person’s struggle. Nor was the creation of Local 18 in 1939, exactly 70 years later.
Local 18’s Labor History classes, created in 1994, not only tell the history of labor, but cover subjects that give members a better understanding of labor yesterday and today.
Classes cover the struggles of workers; laws that affect unions and threats to those unions; right to work (currently another threat in Ohio); the structure of Local 18 and the history and value of Local 18’s fringe programs.
The all-day classes, held on Saturdays during the off season, have been taught by Business Manager Rick Dalton, President Tom Byers, Special Representative Michael Bertolone and Business Representative Jason Baker.
Organizing and legislation are two areas of ongoing concern to unions. To keep members informed, Organizing Director Scott Stevenson discusses this important topic, and Legislative Representative Mark Totman brings members up-to-date on the goings-on in Columbus and Washington.
To learn when the next Labor History class will be held in your area, check your training manual, your district office or the Buckeye Engineer.