Recommended Reading: Stay in the Know with Books and Articles Recommended by Fellow Members

Article Published on August 5, 2022

It’s never been more important to stay informed, but between work and family responsibilities, it’s not always easy to do. The good news is that your brothers and sisters at Local 1000 are here to help. Every week in Union Update we’ll be posting several books, articles, videos, speeches, or other presentations submitted by your fellow workers focused on issues that affect ALL of us. We hope you find the following content informative and insightful.

Recruitment and Retention Issues Affect Public Sector Workers

Teachers and other public sector workers are facing critical employee shortages in their workplace, due in large part to the quality of the benefits and pay the jobs offer.

According to the Washington Post, strong benefits, especially pensions, are magnets for attracting and retaining teachers and public service employees. This same issue is rampant across many of the job classifications of the state workers represented by Local 1000.

We bargain for a new contract in less than a year, and it is this kind of knowledge that informs our negotiations and makes us stronger at the table. Click here to read the article.

Government Wages Fail to Keep Pace with Inflation

While employment numbers remain historically strong and private sector wages are on the rise, public sector wage growth is falling behind, putting further pressure on working families across the country.

In another compelling article by the Washington Post, a 20-year government worker shares her struggle to stretch her salary amidst inflation rates not seen since 1982. Click here to read the article.

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