We interviewed Scott Vaughn, the president of the fourteen trades union, and Mary Watrud, who is a journeyperson and a steamfitter. A steamfitter is someone who installs and repairs steampipes.
A labor union is a union where workers can get together and talk about problems at work and if they need to, strike or go picketing.
The labor union on Park Street serves all the people in South-Central Wisconsin.
Not many women or minorities were in labor unions before 1970. Now there are many more.
The labor unions are struggling right now. Many people are doing service jobs instead of manufacturing jobs.
An apprenticeship is when you learn from someone that is already skilled and while you learn you earn money.
Starting a union is risky because one out of ever four people that start them lose their jobs.
Labor unions don’t lay low
They fight for what’s right
With strikes, picket lines, and so
They don’t lay low
They fight for what’s right.