50 years of Bakery Workers IT
In 1971, a gallon of gas cost 40 cents, Richard Nixon was President and the invention of the microprocessor signaled the start of the digital age. On November 23 of that year, Tommy Nairn went to work for the B&C Funds (part of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union) as one of their first computer operators, and then became a programmer. Fifty years later, he’s still there. He’s also been a member of OPEIU Local 2 since that first day, has served on the union’s bargaining committee and is currently Section Representative for the B&C Funds’ IT Department. For half a century, Nairn has maintained the computer system that processes union members’ pension and health benefits checks, pension letters and health benefit notices. “The changes in automation of computers and the advancement in technology have been amazing,” he says. Even after 50 years, though, Nairn has no plans to retire anytime soon, saying “They will have to carry me out. I love my job.”
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