If there is any doubt about the importance of unions just ask my 92-year-old mother. Her husband was a proud member of the 49’ers and knew there was value and power in numbers. He gladly paid his dues knowing his union fought for workers rights and on the job safety. It also made sure its retirees could live with dignity thanks to pensions and healthcare.
My step-father has been gone for ten years, but my mother continues to reap the benefits of his union membership. While the pension is small the health benefits pack a powerful punch in paying for needed care not covered by medicare.
I spoke with my mom today and we agreed that life would be a lot difference for her, had it not been for the 49’ers. She lives comfortably in her own home and receives the care she requires to remain independent.
Today I am thankful for unions and the efforts they have made to protect working men and women and their families in America.