Daughter continues father’s union tradition at Michigan medical facility

Rob Todd began working in health care after becoming a machinist right out of high school, deciding on the career change for a greater sense of stability. Today, he is still a member of amalgamated Local 12075 and a maintenance worker at MyMichigan Medical Center.

He’s also been a labor representative for 18 years, and just this past week the veteran union member was able to be the official witness to his daughter, Taylor, signing her union dues authorization card.

Taylor began working at the same facility as her father only a few weeks ago as a unit secretary. She is currently studying to become an ultrasound technician. For her, this job is ideal for multiple reasons.

“I really wanted to get the health care experience before I graduate,” she said. “Plus, I’m already so familiar with the facility.”

But for Taylor, this isn’t just a job.  She grew up going to her father’s local union meetings, helping with raffles, and volunteering with USW members at events. She knows the importance of unions and why this opportunity is such a good one.

“It’s a good place to work,” Rob said, “but I say that based on the fact that it’s a bargained-for environment.”

Though Taylor has always been an honorary member of the local union, she is ready to step into this world in her own shoes and looks forward to charting a new path.

“It will be nice to actually be part of it instead of just tagging along,” Taylor said.

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