Jason Ehlert is a third-generation union member and have been a member for fifteen years. His grandfather worked for a telephone company and his father was a member of the Bricklayers Union. Ehlert became aware of the advantages of union membership after high school, working summers in a union shop to earn college money.
“I was outdoors, the scenery changed, I didn't work over a fryer or bother someone on a marketing call. I had my nights and weekends free and made more money than any of my friends. Although the work was hard it was gratifying seeing what I accomplished. One key element I learned that summer was one shouldn't have to work overtime just to make ends meet!”
After earning his journeyman's card, Ehlert got more active in his local union, volunteering for officer positions, going to labor events and doing door knocking events when asked.
“What concerned me was the erosion of our market share in the industry. I realized the benefits previous members had earned decades previous were being undone by complacency and apathy.”
Ehlert says it doesn't matter how involved you want to be, the biggest thing is to get involved with your union. He urges members to stop watching things slide and get active! The most important strength the Labor movement has is solidarity in numbers and the trades represent more than just one percent.
Eastern ND Office: 3002 1st Ave N, Fargo ND 58102
Western ND Office: 2901 Twin City Dr, Mandan, ND 58554
Ironworkers Local 512
2901 Twin City Dr, Suite 104
Mandan, ND 58554
Bricklayers Local 1
Heat and Frost Workers Local 133
Operating Engineers Local 49
1518 Main Ave W
West Fargo, ND 58078
Carpenters/Millwrights Local 1176
513 36th St. N
Fargo, ND 58103
Business Manager, IBEW Local 714
1925 North Broadway
Minot, ND 58702