Jesus Bonilla, an employee at a GKN manufacturing facility on Long Island, was part of a group of workers to contact the Machinists Union about organizing the plant.
A new Long Island Federation of Labor video highlights the positive impacts that labor unions, including the IAM, are having on the lives of workers and their communities.
At a GKN Aerospace facility in Amityville, NY, employees are enjoying more respect on the job after winning IAM representation. The organizing effort spanned a total of five years and included three elections, enduring a fierce company anti-union campaign along the way.
“These workers never once wavered,” says IAM District 15 Directing Business Representative Jim Conigliaro. “They really need to be commended. They should be a model for the rest of the manufacturing plants and the rest of the workers around here.”
The video features hospitality workers at a recently bought-out Huntington, NY hotel that organized amidst job security concerns. Also included is the work of Long Island Jobs with Justice, a community arm of the labor movement advocating for undocumented students and a higher minimum wage.
Click here to view the video.