Why NAIL, why now?

I want a Union that has my interests as a Federal Employee first. I want to return to the way Unions were started back during World War II, when the rights of veterans in federal employment at Naval installations was the purpose of creating a Union. I am unhappy with the lack of operating money, lack of training, lack of federal publications and lack of qualified Federal Lawyers that are suppose to represent us during conflicts with management. It is time to come back to the needs of the Federal Employee. Instead of staying with a Union that represents or is affiliated with many other state, county, municipal governments and private sector employees.

I feel that we as members of a Union demand more and as an elected official I feel very strongly that there is a growing trend for an independent voice that cares about the individual employee and the needs of our individual local. I feel that the National Association of Independent Labor, NAIL, is a union, which celebrates true independence and shuns expensive dues sent to support non-federal employees interests. NAIL is not affiliated with AFL-CIO so we are not paying into a strike fund, unity fund, political fund, lobbyist and payroll fees for private sector employees. NAIL's professional staff of representatives will provide assistance to its local and its members in all aspects of federal sector labor/management relations from the establishment of our local, the training of local officers and stewards, the negotiations of our collective bargaining agreement and any day to day problem solving, NAIL services will be there for our local and our Federal Employees.

Tom Watson
Ingleside Naval Station, TX

Definition: Union, labor: association of workers for the purpose of improving their economic status and working conditions through collective bargaining.

Unions increase productivity, according to most recent studies. The voice that union members have on the job—sharing in decision-making about promotions and work and production standards—increases productivity and improves management practices.

In 1997, almost 30 percent of the U.S. workforce was in nontraditional jobs—part-time, temporary, independent contractor or on-call employees—according to the Economic Policy Institute in The State of Working America, 1998-1999. And the trend is growing.

Membership by industry and occupation:
In 1998, government workers continued to have a much higher unionization rate than their private sector counterparts, 37.5 percent versus 9.5 percent. Workers in local government were the most likely to be unionized, at 43.8 percent. The union membership rate for government workers has been fairly steady since 1983, while rates have decreased in all major private nonagricultural industries. Among the private nonagricultural industries, the highest union membership rates were in communications and public utilities (26.0 percent) and in transportation (25.7 percent).


National Association of Independent Labor
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Newport News VA 23606
Phone: 757-926-5216
Fax: 757-926-5204

Last Updated October 20, 2014