Question: Why did you decide to join a trade union?

A: I decided to join UA local 56 after attending university for two years. I had always imagined that I would go to university and get a degree after high school; however, it was not for me. Joining a trade union gave me the option of working while learning the necessary skills for my career.

Question: How have you benefited from a unionized workforce?

A: The greatest benefit of a unionized workforce is the support you receive from the day you're sworn in. There is always someone there to lend a hand, be it at work or helping with registration for apprenticeship blocks. The union gives you a foundation for success.

Question: What would you say to someone entering the workforce about union work?

A: I would tell them that union work gives you a safe work environment, a great pay and the tools to succeed in your trade.