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Recently, as I sat in my break room, a fellow brother handed me your newspaper. I read the June 24 letter to the editor by Jason Reeher (” Union leaders, take a hike “).

I can’t understand what Reeher thinks unions have taken from our local economy. Each union contract is negotiated with the employer. No company is forced into conditions for which it has not had the opportunity to bargain. These proposals are then taken to the employees for a democratic vote to accept or reject. The job of union leaders is to get the best working conditions, wages, benefits and pension for each union employee. What is the problem with that?

Unions such as mine (Teamsters) have had their share of bumps and bangs along the way, but I would never sacrifice the protection I have when it comes to my negotiated contract. As far as I’m concerned, union companies have set the standard for the rest of the work force. Most companies mirror the wages of union workers to keep their workers from becoming unionized, but they don’t add the benefits. Our hard work benefits even those who are not union members.

My company, Yellow Transportation, takes great pride in having one of the best union work forces. Together, the company and the union have worked to make us leaders in our industry. This is how great unions and great companies work for the future of all employees.

I guess when it comes down to it, Mr. Reeher will never feel the way I do when I go to work. My union and its leadership have done their best to give members all the bang for the buck. My men feel protected and are represented to the fullest extent. We take pride in what we do, and we are proud of who we are. I wonder if Mr. Reeher can say that about his job.

Mike Ceoffe

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