Unions Begin With You
out to all of our city workers!
next time you enjoy a stroll along a clean street, turn on a tap
and safe water comes out, or lie on the lawn in a park to read a
book, spare a thought for and appreciate the municipal workers
who make your city happen."
working people come together, they make things better for
everyone. Joining together in unions enables workers to
negotiate for higher wages and benefits and improve
conditions in the workplace. There are millions of union
members in America from all walks of life. These
individuals know that by speaking up together, you can
accomplish more than you could on your own.
members work together to negotiate and enforce a contract
with management that guarantees the things you care about
like decent raises, affordable health care, job security,
and a stable schedule.
are teams of individuals coming together to guarantee the
things you care about like decent wages, affordable health
care, job security, safe and respectful workplaces, and
together in unions not only leads to better lives for you
and your co-workers, but helps build a better America, now
and for future generations.
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Council 5 has a new executive director. John Westmoreland,
the former assistant director, started his role November 1.
He replaces Council 5’s founding director Eliot Seide, who
union is in good hands,” Seide says. “Under John’s
leadership, our union won’t miss a beat as we continue our
program with energy and discipline.”
Westmoreland says he plans to meet with leaders of
every local and build “a coalition of the willing.”
want to empower people,” he says. “If I can do it,
there’s no reason they can’t. If someone asks me a
contract question, even if I know the answer, let’s look
it up together. I’m not going to vend answers. I will help
you find them. What do you need from me to be able to
accomplish that goal? I don’t like fixing things – I
like resolving them.”
says he believes in building teams and relationships, good
communication, methodical attention to detail and following
through. He’s dedicated to our mission. “I’ve been a
member for 32 years, I will always be a member,” he says.
“I believe in our union. It is who I am.” Before he was
Council 5’s assistant director, Westmoreland was the
northern field director; a field representative for Council
5 and Council 6; and an elections project organizer. Prior
to that, he worked as a correctional officer in Stillwater,
where he served multiple roles in Local 600 from steward to
president, served on the corrections Negotiations Master
Team, chaired the Corrections Policy Committee and served on
the Council 6 Executive Board.