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WPEA Has Your Back

When you go to work, what do you look for in your job? Like most workers, your list probably includes:

         a decent wage with appropriate leave benefits,

         health insurance as well as employee benefits comparable to other states,

         job security and reasonable working conditions

         a voice on the job to help solve workplace problems.

Experience has shown, the best way to win these improvements is by joining an employees’ association or a union.  Studies show the number of workers who want union representation is more than three times the number of workers who actually belong to an association or union now.  Many workers simply do not have any employee representation group available for them to join, but you do!

The Wyoming Public Employees Association (WPEA) has been representing public employee needs as their voice since 1962 (see accomplishments inside).  Our members look to us for guidance in numerous job related issues including the implementation of new compensation plans, input on and interpretation of personnel rules that frequently change, and advocacy when employment troubles appears imminent.

It is rare that Public employees can take time from work to attend the numerous meetings that involve their work environment or their benefits (i.e., Retirement Board, Employees Group Health, Compensation Commission, Legislative Committee Meetings, etc.) to provide testimony and hear the purposed modifications.  WPEA will become your “eyes, ears and voice” at these meetings.  We then provide information to our members regarding issues that need their immediate attention.

WPEA is the nucleus to obtain group rates for our members so they can enjoy the cost savings of a variety of programs that may otherwise be unavailable to them and their families:


         Scholarships,

         Member Discounts,

         Real Estate Programs,

         Insurances

         Legal Assistance

         Identity Theft).


We’ll try to assist you in finding programs you may need for your family.  Your dues are tax deductable when you itemize your tax returns.  Highly participative members can and do save money over the cost of their dues.

Annually the WPEA Lobbyists provide testimony, statistical information or required input to allow the Wyoming Legislators to make informed decision regarding public workers.  During election time WPEA staff and “member volunteers” interview legislative, the five elected officials and school board candidates to determine which candidates best represent the public employee resolutions voted on and passed through the Annual WPEA Delegate Assembly.  For our “ideal candidates”, WPEA can provide endorsements, campaign contributions and even volunteer help toward their run for office.

Isn’t it time to join together with the people who share your interests and concerns? We can then work cooperatively to get the attention and interest of your agency, your bosses or our elected leaders.

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Did You Know. . .
UNION EFFORTS BROUGHT YOU

1827 - First battle for 10 hour work day fought by Mechanics Union of Trade Assemblies
1828 - Unions fought for free PUBLIC EDUCATION; abolition of debtor's prison
1842 - Supreme Court rules unions have legal right to exist
1868 - National Labor Union pressures passage of 8 hour work day
1882 - First Labor Day Parade - 10,000 workmen march around Manhattan's Union Square
1894 - President Cleveland makes Labor Day a National Holiday
1906 - President Roosevelt enacts Employees Liability Act - Workers Compensation
1935 - National Labor Relations Act gives workers right to join unions and bargain
collectively
1937 - United Auto Workers in Michigan secure 40 hour work week
1938 - Fair Labor Standards Act enacts Child Labor Laws - brought about by union crusades

Communities Do Better When Unions Are Stronger*

Statistics show in states where more people are union members, those states have higher wages, better benefits and better schools. While unions are just one factor affecting the quality of living, the pattern indicates that when workers have a voice at work, the community also benefits.

 *Taken from August, 2003 American @ Work AFL-CIO magazine.

  10 States Where
Unions Are Strongest
10 States Where
Unions Are Weakest
Average hourly earnings, 2000 $15.65 $12.49
Average household income, 2000 $46,378 $38,854
Percent of population with no medical insurance, 1999-2000 11.8% 15.1%
Public education spending per pupil, 2000-2001 $8,265 $5,774
Percent eligible voters voting in presidential election, 2000 55.2% 49.2%
Crimes per 100,000 people 4,114 4,694
Percent of population in poverty, 1999 10.6% 13.3%
 Maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit in 2002 $379 $296
Maximum weekly workers' compenstaion benefit in 2001 $675 $486
Workplace fatality rate in 2000 (per 10,000 workers) 4.6 6.3

Ten States Where Unions Are Strongest (based on percentage of workforce with a union): New York, Hawaii, Alaska, Michigan, New Jersey, Washington, Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, Minnesota

Ten States Where Unions Are Weakest (based on percentage of workforce with a union): North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, Arizona, South Dakota, Arkansas, Florida, Utah

 

 
Wyoming Public Employees Association
 
500 Randall Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001

P. O. Box 2100
Cheyenne, WY 82003

Telephone: 635-7901
Fax: 637-3932

Email: wyo.public.employees@att.net