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When a union is in a fight, UVC knows how important it is to show up.

UVC will target veteran voters in key swing states and support Bi-Partisan Congressional champions

Americans across the nation are memorializing the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day and thousands more injured. That fateful day also marks the day America entered the longest conflict the country has seen to date. Today, The Global War On Terror is still ongoing. 

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the September 2006 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine. Click here to read our 2016 article on 9/11 scholarship recipients.

(Washington D.C) As hurricane Dorian churns toward Florida’s east coast, union veterans find themselves in many vital roles during preparation for landfall. Members of the Union Veterans Council affiliated unions make up some of the most critical jobs our nation has in a time of crisis; from FEMA to our advanced forecasting systems these workers ensure Americans are informed and prepared.

UWUA Initiative Creates a Pathway to Employment for Transitioning Members of the Military

Department of Defense Partnership Establishes Union as a SkillBridge Provider

(Dallas Tx). On Tuesday morning as Texas Union Veteran Sam Tijerina drove from Pasadena Tx to Dallas he had a lot on this mind. His thoughts wandered as he passed mile makers and towns, he thought about his young family at home and the life that having a union job has provided them.

“A union card changed my life and has allowed me to live with dignity,” Tijerina said that morning.

After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree, or a future”, Attig said. That changed when he found a National Building Trades Registered Apprenticeship Program and became a Journeyman Pipefitter with the UA.

In a strongly worded letter, the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO has urged members of Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which will directly improve the lives of more than 1.3 million American veterans currently earning less than 15 dollars an hour. 

This vote gives our lawmakers a clear choice to either support America’s veterans, or once again overlook the reality that these patriots face every day. We truly hope they stand with us, as we stood for our country in uniform. 

32 days and counting 

For those not affected by the Government shutdown it may seem like a distant battle being fought in Washington D.C., Though, for the millions of workers who are feeling the effects it is a crisis that is playing out in homes, on job sites and whittling away at the bank accounts of families all across this country. Imagine being forced to go to work every day without getting paid for the job you’re doing. Imagine having to choose between putting gas in your car so you can make it to work or putting food on the table for your family.