By Jen Guilmette, Customer Service Rep, Verizon Communications, Andover, MA I have worked for Verizon Communications for the past 15 years and have been a member of the Union, Communication Workers of America, for just as long. Over the years I have witnessed and learned continually about the benefits of being a Union Worker. Being a Union member is not just about our better paying jobs and benefits, it’s also about the fact that as Union members we all stick together as a group and fight for what is right, what is just, and what is honest. After working at Verizon for a short period of time I began to witness the Union in action protecting my brothers and sisters from unjust discipline, and really caring about the well-being of all of the members. Because the union is run by the members, including me, it always looks out for everyone equally. My thoughts and opinions are listened too and taken seriously. Unlike my friends in non-union jobs, I don’t have to worry about sneezing in the wrong direction and losing my job. I know I am protected and feel like a valued member of a big family. As time comes and goes and the economy has its ups and downs I have witnessed many friends and family become victims of corporate downsizing, and off-shoring. These same people are now waiting in unemployment lines and scrounging for lower paying jobs in a thin marketplace. Seeing what happened to the people I care about, assured me that the best thing I ever did was becoming a Union member. I have the peace of mind when I go home at night that my job will still be there when I wake up in the morning. I have the peace of mind that all my coworker’s families are protected because we are protected. I have the peace of mind that my voice is heard and I’m not just another economic statistic. I have the peace of mind that I do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage. I have the peace of mind that I AM A UNION MEMBER!