One last note of interest to me is that yesterday we voted on a new one year contract with the City of Key West. I believe the contract will be ratified by the members of Teamsters Local 769. I voted yes, and was surprised to hear that not many members seemed very happy with it. David our Business Representative on the left and Kenny our Shop Steward on the right said most of the voters were grumbling.
The city has agreed to raises, 3.85% for people earning below $30,000 a year, 2.75% up to $40,000 and 2% up to $50,000 a year. In an era when furloughs and layoffs are the norm it struck me as incredible. They even managed to fend off any participation in paying for our health insurance which offers excellent coverage at no cost to the member, and $800 a month to the city. New city hires starting in October will have to pay $25 a pay period which creates two tiered membership which isn't the best thing in the world. There again this is a right-to-work state and the employees who aren't members get to share the wealth with those of us who are.
I wonder why Union membership is so hard to appreciate in this country. With 15 million unemployed, facing the prospect of more of the same all round we are lucky as hell here in this strange corner of the country where everything seems to be upside down and not properly appreciated.