Union Meetings are held every 4th Monday each  month
at the Berwyn Eagles Hall located  6309 W. 26th Street
in Berwyn, IL  - 7:00pm
Member participation:
To ensure our members needs are satisfied we      invite our members to participate and provide        input regarding all aspects of our Union. 

Areyou a good worker?  Do you have a good work ethic?  Are you active in your Union?
Do people really like working with you?  Are you up to date on the latest industry standards?

Here are 25 tips that increase your value as a worker, Union member and person in general.

1. Be early to the worksite. If you are not 15 minutes early to work, then you're LATE!

2. Gas up your car the night before work - running out of gas is a poor excuse for being late.

3. Have a spare tire WITH a jack in your car. A flat tire is also a poor exuse for being late.

4. Know where you are going. Jobsites can be found on a map or by calling a contact person for                     directions  ( Do this Before you are late.)

5. Know your Boss's name

6. Buy quality work boots.

7. Eat breakfast before arriving on the jobsite

8. Be prepared. You know what tools you are required to bring,.. bring them.
9. Go to the truck once. Bring everything you need that one time. Don't go get the tape measure
  & then go get the pliars and then go get the snips. We are all wise to these types. Don't be one.

10. No horseplay. Horseplay = accidents

11. If you are working with a good glazier compliment them.

12. If someone needs help, give it.

13. Don't be a slob. Keep your work area clean

14. Do your share of "shit" work.

15. Don't bring "home" or "personal" problems to work.

16. Put things back. (yes, every time)

17. Learn a couple of good jokes.

18. Don't lend your stuff. (This includes money)

19. Don't borrow stuff. ( This includes money)

20. Clean up at the end of the shift, not twenty minutes early.

21. ATTEND UNION MEETINGS.  You should know how your Union works, Its officers and what the                           current Union business at hand is. Being a Union member is not just about getting
the benefits of a Union wage. Unions need your support.

22. Know your Business Agents. They are your "go to" guys when the going gets tough.
If you dont know them, then you are not involved enough.

23. Take advantage of any and all Union provided training.
Training = Knowledge. Knowledge = Worth  (And its FREE)

24. Be safe, each and every day, each and every hour.

25. Make friends. You can never have too many.


What is Organizing?
The common term for a group of workers looking to join a union is “Organizing.” Workers organize for various reasons, be it to improve their working conditions, increase their pay or benefits, and/or to create a better working environment. We encourage you to read more about us to see if joining our union is right for you and/or your coworkers.

The American Promise is that if we go to school, work hard, and become a productive and faithful employee, we can then expect to support a family, raise and educate our children, enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life and retire with dignity. We weren’t supposed to have to win the lottery, or be a corporate executive to enjoy the American dream.

That was the vision of middle class Americans, who once modeled the image of what it was to be an American. The middle class is disappearing in direct proportion to the demise of the American union movement. After World War II, nearly 30 percent of our work force belonged to unions. Today, barely half that are organized. Today, a few own the world’s resources while most live in poverty.

Wages of $8 per hour are common. For most of these workers there is no health insurance or retirement plans. The result? Taxpayers across the United States are making up for what employers should be paying with public assistance programs. That’s corporate welfare.

Why are wages so low? Because that’s the easiest way to increase profitability. The result? Today, the wealthiest one percent own as much of our nation as ninety percent of the rest of us. Corporate CEO’s can earn 500 times the wages paid their workers.

Why Unions?
The freedom to form unions is a basic human right. In 1935, the US Government enacted the National Labor Relations Act that said, “Employees shall have the right to form…labor organizations…to bargain collectively…(and employers may not) interfere with…the exercise of…this right.” In 1948, the US joined four-fifths of United Nations member states to ratify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which included the right of all people to come together in unions.

Workers form unions because there is power in numbers. Where unions are strong, employers must bargain collectively to set the terms and conditions of employment. The demand for profits must then be compromised with fairness toward workers.

How Employers Prevent Unions?
When American workers seek to exercise the right to form a union, they nearly always run into a buzz saw of employer threats, intimidation and coercion such as:
• Captive audience meetings
• One-on-one meetings with supervisors
• Threats to close or move the workplace if workers vote to unionize
• Hiring professional consultants (union-busters) to coordinate anti- worker campaigns
• Firing workers for union activity

According to Human Rights Watch, the treatment of workers by employers and the failure of the US government to prevent it constitute a serious violation of human rights. Their report says, “Many workers…are spied on, harassed, pressured, threatened, suspended, fired, deported or otherwise victimized in reprisal for their exercise of the right to choose a union.”
The consequences have been devastation for all of American society. When collective bargaining is suppressed, wages lag, inequality and poverty grow, race and gender pay gaps widen, society’s safety net is strained and civic and political participation are undermined.

What Have Unions Done for Us?
8-hour day
5-day work week
Health Insurance
Good pensions
Higher wages
Job security
Overtime pay
Job safety
Family and medical leave
Fair treatment for women, people of all ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities

Union members earn 28 percent more than nonunion workers. But stronger unions raise living standards and improve the quality of life for everyone. In the 10 states in which unions are the strongest, there is less poverty, higher household income, more education spending, and better public policy than in the 10 states where unions are weakest.

Unions Encourage Democracy:
Unions encourage voting and other forms of political participation by members and other social groups with common interests. Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff has estimated that for every 1 percent decline in union membership there is a 0.4 percent decline in voter participation.

35 Things Your Employer Cannot Do:
1. Attend any union meeting, park across the street from the hall or engage in any undercover activity which would indicate that the employees are being kept under surveillance to determine who is and who is not participating in the union program.

2. Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.

3. Lay off, discharge, discipline any employee for union activity.

4. Grant employees wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.

5. Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employees’ memberships on or off the company property during non-waking hours.

6. Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc. (Some employees may, of their own accord, walk up and tell of such matters. It is not an unfair labor practice to listen, but to ask questions to obtain additional information is illegal).

7. Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representative once the employee refuses to discuss it.

8. Ask employees how they intend to vote.

9. Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union activities. For example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations or reduce employees’ benefits.

10. Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.

11. Give financial support or other assistance to a union.

12. Announce that the company will not deal with the union.

13. Threaten to close, in fact close, or move plant in order to avoid dealing with a union.

14. Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for union representation.

15. Ask an employee, during the hiring interview, about his affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about unions.

16. Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union man.

17. Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when assigning overtime work or desirable work.

18. Purposely team up non-union men and keep them apart from those supporting the union.

19. Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or activities.

20. Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union’s strength or discourage membership in the union.

21. Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.

22. By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his union activity.

23. Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of union activity.

24. Deviate from company policy for the purpose of getting rid of a union supporter.

25. Take action that adversely affects an employee’s job or pay rate because of union activity.

26. Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.

27. Threaten a union member through a third party.

28. Promise employees a reward or future benefit if they decide “no" union”.

29. Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if the plant is unionized.

30. Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.

31. Say unionization will do away with vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.

32. Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.

33. Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in its circulation if started by employees.

34. Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.

35. Visit the homes of employees to urge them to reject the union.

All Glaziers - Journeymen and apprentices - Every day you work on scaffold / swing stage / Lift / skylight over 30' - make sure your pay is $ .50 per hour more than your regular pay. This is money that your Business Representatives have fought for you to receive. The dangerous scope of work entitles you to this money. If you do not receive this money, notify your employer immediately. This rule applies no matter which company you are employed. Call our Union office if you have concerns or questions
If you are a Union member in good standing we can give you a  letter saying so. If you are applying for a loan / mortgage /prescription / medical  / unemployment / etc.
DO NOT PUT THE UNION DOWN AS YOUR EMPLOYER!!!   You are a member but not an employee.  Please make sure you put your proper employer information on any  and all forms. This will help you speed up the process without delaying paperwork. As stated before, we are happy to provide you with  a "Member in good standing" letter if applicable. If you have other questions we are happy to help with those too.
Attention all glaziers; please make sure you are getting the $5 per day expense money on your checks. This money is not negotiable where you work. If it is not on your check simply inform your employer or let the Union offices know and we will help you with resolution.
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