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Fighting a moral and physical struggle

My inbox had an interesting email. It was from a 401k membership group who surveyed their members. Here’s their question: Thinking about your retirement, what keeps you up at night?

Here are the answers:

  1. Running out of money
  2. Health issues
  3. Health-care costs
  4. Inability to meet monthly expenses
  5. Inability to maintain standard of living

Two relate to healthcare, and the other three pertain to financial wellness. All five are connected.

“Preparing for healthcare costs in retirement isn’t a separate discussion with clients,” they say. “It’s an extension of a financial wellness conversation.”

Who is losing sleep thinking about these issues for all ATU members?

Well, we are.

ATU focused on issues that matter to members

We have been highly focused on things that really matter to our members.

In recent issues we have rolled out our continuing campaign to keep ATU members alive and healthy at work. While the campaign for better workstations continues, we are also anticipating on the future of our members.

Think about the Union, among all else as the leader in fighting for your financial wellness. What we invest in our future is what will be protecting us later. Fight now for your fair share or suffer later. We are fighting now.

In July we deployed a team of six ATU leaders to the field to continue changes in our bargaining for members who have been the most battered by our employers in recent memory, the privatized services.

Power-building campaigns

The goals are improved wages, healthcare and retirement security. The team will be running power building campaigns all across the ATU. We will call on Local Union officers and members to prepare more for negotiations. We will invest every resource we have in this project. We need massive unity to force our industry to start funding real benefits for our members.

So, please join hands with our members across Canada and the United States now. Lock arms in your Local and give some thought to this. We will not get what we deserve, a fair share of the value of our work, unless we demand it and fight for it.

There will be some too timid to fight. Ignore them.

Who said it?

"Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform... If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

The first 1,000 members to email to the name of the author of this quote will be entered into a drawing for an ATU jacket.

Keep your Locals strong. We are fighting both a moral and physical struggle. Physical in that we need a fair share of the money spent on transit workers. Moral because it is immoral for our nations to have so much wealth and steal from workers to benefit the filthy rich. This union is your chance to lead the struggle for that woman and man next to you, working to make a better world for everyone.