Monday, September 16, 2013
Employees of Blue Earth Digital Printing located in Culver City, Ca. voted unanimously to ratify a first time contract that was negotiated on their behalf by International Representative, Mike Huggins and Myself with Blue Earth Digital Printing Owner, Fernando Bonada. International Lead Organizer, Marty Keegan was available to answer questions during the process of meeting with the owner, Fernando and when meeting with the employees to answer questions.
This whole process with Blue Earth was unique from the very beginning for the simple fact that the employer, Fernando, contacted our Union office in order to Organize his print shop. Fernando explained that if it weren't for Unions there would be no middle class. Fernando further stated that he was previously employed in a union shop as was his father and has seen how it helped his family growing up.
Fernando's legacy continues because our new Brother, Sheldon Ferdinand,is his Son and works in the shop with his Dad. Family businesses are in need of protection from big corporations and companies that make it difficult for the mom and pop print shops of the past to make a profit or exist any longer for that matter. We have the opportunity to organize such shops and encourage our network of Union businesses to utilize our union print shops to create the work they seek.
Fernando, once being a Union member, understands the role unions have played in improving the lives of is members and wishes to bring the same benefits to his shop.
Please welcome them to our family and consider having your printing needs met by Blue Earth Digital Printing
International Organizer, Marty Keegan,
Sheldon Ferdinand Bonada
Vivian M. Escalante
Adan S. Ramirez
GCC/IBT Local 140~N President, Ronnie Pineda
Photo by Jorge Perez
Sunday, September 08, 2013
"History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Pope Paul VI:
The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development of the sense of their responsibility for the realization of the common good.