My union affiliation began in high school, as a laborer at a potato processing plant. After college, I became a State Employee and joined the Service Employees International Union. Then, moving to federal employment, I joined the American Federation of Government Employees, with the BLS Division of the Department of Labor (and I’m still an active member in retired status). Labor unions are truly the “I’ve got your back” for workers. I have never regretted my membership, and recommend it for all folks who work for employers!