Unions make community stronger

January 24, 2014 

In a recent St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune I was made aware that in 2013 there were 22 unions who donated $2,844,276. This is in cash and voluntary services to 440 charities, organizations and individuals. That is what unions and their members do all year around, not just at Christmas.

Helping others is a heartfelt effort ingrained in union tradition. Our unions never ask for anything in return; they do it because it's the right thing to do. They rarely seek out recognition or make their good deeds known, except for a story in the Labor Tribune or their union newsletter. There are hundreds of unions on both sides of the river, had they all sent in their contributions the figure stated earlier would be much, much greater. So as many of you think we are villains -- our children attend the same schools, same ball teams, same bands, go to the same churches. We are your friends and neighbors. We always have been. If you need help in recognizing who the real villains are to the working men and women; here is a starter, "NAFTA on steroids, the TPP."

Don Gus Schmeder

Smithton

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