2017 Letters to the editor stock

Unions and Northwest Indiana go hand in hand. My grandfather, a retired steelworker, would tell me stories about the work environment before the unions came in.

You see, in the old days your boss could just fire you. Today, unions work on contracts for their membership to ensure a safe work environment and fair pay. I see union halls and centers popping up along Interstate 65, but there is a lack of interest in union work.

The trades are short-handed and, like the Army, are looking for a few good people. But like the military leadership, some union leaders have let down their membership.

Is your union leadership looking out for your best interest or their own financial interest? Union membership used to mean something, and hopefully one day it will again. Stay strong.

Thomas Ostrowski, Crown Point

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Editorial Page Editor/South Lake County Editor

Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.