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Vicki Smith

VICKI SMITH, Morgantown, W. Va.

No one asked me to join the Guild. No one had to. When the  card  appeared in my mailbox, I signed it. I was a blue-collar  kid,  raised by a single mom in southwestern Pennsylvania.  I  saw firsthand  how important a good union is.

A union oppens doors, creating opportunity for people who want it. A union forces companies to obey the law, to stop discriminating, to pay people what they’re worth, and to improve quality of life with overtime, vacation, sick days and family leave.

A union helped my mother, Bernice DiEmidio, when she wanted to do more than wait tables. Continue reading