Posted on | September 28, 2011 |
As we talk with people, one question we’re hearing is, “Why go independent? Why not join a powerful existing union?” Well, we considered affiliating with several national unions, but in the end, we realized we have all of the skills, energy, and wisdom we need to do this by ourselves, and to do it well. Affiliation is not a requirement for a union. We feel that forming an independent union matches well with the Vermont ideals of self-reliance and self-sufficiency – and we get the added benefit of doing things our way, without having to bend to a national union’s agenda or pay their higher dues. Our talented, experienced members have great ideas and strong opinions, and we are fully capable of negotiating for our own interests. Choosing independence is a bold, creative choice, and we are proud of it!