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WHY JOIN A UNION?

ACCOMPLISHMENTS




Goddard College - 50% tuition reduction for half time
salaried faculty and family members, increased dental
contribution from 50 to 65%, plus 6% increase in pay.
Graduate Employees - 2.5% wage increase, made
mandatory grad student fees a subject of bargaining.
Residential Assistants - will gain nearly 20% in wage
increases over the 3 years of their contract.
ServiceNet Counselors - yearly raises, 90% paid single
health insurance, increased sick days, bereavement
leave and carry-over days.
ServiceNet Nurses - Annual salary increases, wage fairness, increased visit pay rate, paid mileage between
visits.
Nonotuck - annual wage increases, one new holiday,
better snow day rules, a $500 health insurance bonus.
To find out specific gains at your place of employment, talk to your Union Representative.

Let your voice be heard!
There are many ways to
participate in your union:

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To learn more visit: http://uaw.org/organize

3 Support union rallies
3 Go to union meetings

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3 Join the Executive Board
3 Become a shop Steward
3 Join your bargaining team

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
 Get & sign a membership application card:
 From your steward
 From your Union Rep
 Online at http://wp.me/a3yPHD-o6
 Sign both sections before returning the card to the
Local office.

3 Give us feed back
3 Join Joint Council
3 Write articles and/or testimonials for our website
3 Stay informed by keeping in touch with your union

stewards and representatives.
UAW LOCAL 2322
4 Open Square Way

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Suite 406
Holyoke, MA 01040

Phone: 413.534.7600
Fax: 413.534.7611
E-mail: info@uaw2322.org

More than autoworkers we are:






























Counselors
College Faculty
Outreach Workers
Paraprofessionals
Visitation Specialists
Hotline/Crisis Workers
Teacher & Aides
Support Staff
Maintenance Staff
Housing Specialists
Advocates
Case Managers
Research Assistants
Housekeepers
Kitchen staff
Resident Assistants
Childcare Workers
Security Guards
Quality Control
Finance Employees
Shipping/receiving
Food Service Workers
Nurse & Health Specialists
Group Leaders/Coordinators
Office Workers
Inspectors
Technicians
Appraisers
Clinicians
Drivers
...AND SO MUCH MORE!

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W E W I S H
T O
W E L C O M E
Y O U !

WELCOME TO YOUR
UNION, UAW LOCAL 2322:

You are joining one of the largest and most progressive
unions in Western Massachusetts. UAW Local 2322 is
an amalgamated union currently representing twentyseven workplaces in the fields of higher education,
early childhood development and health & human
services.
Being in a union means that you have the support of a
large membership of over 4,300 workers, servicing
representatives and elected officials that are there to
advocate with you should you have any work-related
issues. If a supervisor wants to discipline you, you do
not have to face that alone. Within this pamphlet is
information on your legal Weingarten rights. Please be
sure to also read your contract, as there is much
information pertaining to your working conditions,
wages, benefits, and more. Your contract is a powerful
legal document which allows you to have a voice at
your job.

YOUR RIGHTS:
WEINGARTEN RIGHTS
One of your rights as a unionized employee is
representation. If you are ever asked to meet with a
supervisor, and you have a reasonable belief that what
you say at this meeting could lead to discipline, a
change in your working conditions, or any other
adverse
consequence, you have the right to
request union
representation. If this situation ever
arises, simply read the following to your supervisor(s):
“If this discussion could in any way lead to any form of
discipline or to any change in my working conditions, I
respectfully request that my union representative or
officer be present to assist me at this meeting. Without
representation present, I choose not to answer
questions or participate in this discussion.”
Additionally, stop and think before you say “I quit” or
sign anything. It’s always best to consult with your
steward or Service Rep before you take an action you
can’t undo.

As a UAW Local 2322 member you are part of a
community of workers that is constantly growing each
day. Be sure to check our website, www.uaw2322.org
often to find out about information and events
happening in and around our community.

DO YOU NEED HELP?

I want to again welcome you to our union and remind
you that there are various ways to become involved.
You can attend workplace union meetings, run for a
leadership role on the Executive Board or Joint Council,
become a steward at your worksite, join a standing
committee, and so on!

Lost your union contract? You can find that online too.

UAW Local 2322 is a democratically run organization in
which members have the highest authority. YOU are the
union. Remember - united we bargain, divided we beg!

In solidarity,
Jocelyn Silverlight, UAW 2322

President, and all the staff at UAW
2322

LOCALS ON THE FRONT LINE
Every day your local union stands on the front lines
fighting for your rights at your workplace. The most
important day-to-day work of the UAW takes place at the
local union. That includes handling grievances, solving
health and safety problems, bargaining local contracts,
grassroots political action and more.
Like any democratic organization, your local union can be
only as effective as you make it, through participation in
your local union’s elections, membership meetings,
standing committees, and other activities.
There are so many ways to participate, from organizing a
charity event to playing on the softball team. You can
take a class on union history, or help plan the annual
picnic.
As a UAW member, you have the right to run for elected
leadership positions in your local union, elect your union
leaders, and vote on local union actions, on contracts
and – if necessary – on strike actions.
The UAW Constitution guarantees you and every UAW
member the right to participate fully in running your
union. It’s up to you to exercise your rights.

You can get help from your Union Representative,
Union Leadership or Union Stewards. To find out who
to contact, check your shop page on the UAW 2322
website.

YOUR DUES AT WORK
Your union dues are the wisest investment you can
make. Only through representation by a strong and
democratic union and collective action can better
working conditions, higher pay, and dignity on the job
be achieved. That’s the dividend you invest in the UAW
each month.

Martin Luther King and UAW President, Walter Reuther, the day
MLK gave his I Have a Dream Speech in Washington D.C. in 1963 .

Visit us online:
www.uaw2322.org