Walk In My Shoes
What’s Your Story? Fill out the form below.
In 150 words or less—accompanied by a picture of you at work…Help us walk in your shoes. We’re open to all union members, active, retired, laid off.
“We want rank and file members to help us to illustrate the rich, diverse tapestry of hard working men and women who make up the American labor movement. They are proud of their work and proud of the contributions they make to their communities,” explains Union Label Department President Richard Kline. “We want to demonstrate to American consumers and businesses that union labor gives added value in quality and reliability to products and services that are bought and sold.”
The pictures and stories we get will be published in the Label Letter and posted on the Department’s website—and perhaps in posters and other promotional materials. E-mail a Walk in Your Shoes to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or send by regular mail to:
Walk In My Shoes,
c/o Union Label & Service Trades Dept. (AFL-CIO),
815 16th St. NW,
Washington, DC 20005
What's your story?
Past Walk in My Shoes Submissions
When Matthew McDearmon sat down at his new employee orientation at the Bureau of Prisons, he wasn’t expecting to become an official in his local union – much less the 300,000th member of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). McDearmon, an Air Force...read more
Walk in my shoes Marcus Eubanks, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 370 Flint, Michigan
I was in my daughter’s kindergarten class a couple of years ago and I was talking to another parent at the school who happened to be an electrician and an IBEW member. He was telling me about the benefits of being a union member. He knew I was a welder and suggested I look into apprenticeship at UA.read more
Walk in my shoes–Richard Cucarese, Steelworker and USW Local 4889 Rapid Response Coordinator, Fairless Hills, PA
After a brief stint in college, I worked for a non-union employer which did not offer health insurance, raises, or a pension. There was no security to be had, whatsoever. Looking for more stability, I applied for a job at the United States Steel, Fairless Works, and...read more
Union Brother since 2005, Brian Jerlin fondly remembers being selected at age 17 to begin apprenticeship in a new program called Public Works Center (now Naval Facility Engineering Mid-Atlantic). With a desire to excel and motivation to learn, Brian was the first...read more
I am a third generation communications worker. I may not be as eloquent as others, but I understand that the roof over my family’s head, the food in their bellies, and the clothes on their back are there because those who came before me fought hard and sacrificed to...read more
Does Your Union Buy Union? I am the shop steward at a CWA Local 7818 represented print shop in the Inland Northwest. The company, Lo-Go, prints banners, stickers, decals and does embroidery and silkscreen. We also manufacture specialty items like tote bags, bandanas...read more
Aloha! I’ve been a hotel worker and UNITE HERE Local 5 member for 24 years. I’m NOT a politician and I never dreamed of running for office, but I did it! When I was first asked to run for a seat on the Honolulu City Council, my first thought was, “That’s crazy!” I’m...read more
I have worked as a cook for Sodexo at Wheelock College in Boston for 11 years. Last year, we organized a union and won our first contract. Today I proudly say that my workplace has been totally changed for the better and that the Union gave us tools to fight for our...read more
My name is Mark Hackbart. I work at The Taylor Companies and I am the Chief Union Steward, Steelworkers Local 48U, in Bedford Ohio. I have been working at Taylor for almost 33 years. Taylor opened in 1816 and is the oldest office furniture manufacturer in the...read more
By David Westley Skillman, AFGE, Actors’ Equity, SAG & AFTRA I joined the military after high school, serving eight years. I also managed to complete a bachelor’s degree before I was honorably discharged. I went to work for the Equal Employment Opportunity...read more