Hi. I’m Greg Conger, President of UFCW Local 324. Just over 100 years ago, it was common for employees, particularly those who worked in coal mines, slaughter houses, factories or on assembly line jobs, to be injured and often disabled on the job because management just didn’t care enough to erect simple safeguards. And no authority existed with the will or the power to force them to do so.
However, when workers got together and formed Unions, management was forced to provide them with safer working conditions and a greater voice on the job. The right to be safe from hazards at work was an obvious first step before we could advance to other issues.
The fact is that the average American worksite today bares the hallmark of Labors’ efforts. Quality of life issues that we take for granted stand as monuments to Labor’s success. The 8-hour workday, overtime pay, health insurance coverage, pensions, family leave, vacation pay, lunch breaks, rest breaks and the list goes on and on.
UFCW Local 324 has taken the torch from those whose courage to stand up for themselves in the face of intense pressure changed the relationship between employees and management forever. We are the Vanguard of the dynamic movement that seeks to build on the successes of recent years and to remind people of what life was like before workers stood together to secure the most fundamental of human rights - the right to be safe from harm on the job and free from want off the job.