It’s a great honor to serve as NAGLO President, and I know we all share a similar passion for protecting the working people we represent. Together we make each other better, and it’s the collaboration and cooperation that makes NAGLO so important to us.
NAGLO has been around longer than any of us. Formed in 1914, the same year as the outbreak of the First World War, it began in a world of great changes in the labor landscape. The start of NAGLO came just three years after the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. In 1913, the U.S. Dept. of Labor was formed, and so NAGLO came along during the dawn of an era of concern for the safety and welfare of America’s workers.
That same torch has been passed down to us, and we would be naïve to think that employers will always take good care of their workers. The sad truth is that there will always be companies who try to cut corners on safety and cheat their workers out of fair wages. But, that is where we come in — our efforts keep the playing fields level and improve labor climates, which in turn can strengthen the workforce and the economy.
Thank you for being part of NAGLO, and thank you for carrying on the tradition that began in 1914 and lives on with us today.
Registration opens on the http://www.naglo.org website on May 1 for the upcoming summer conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I look forward to seeing you at the conference!
Larry L. Roberts,