Unions are good for America. All workers benefit from unions because they set pay standards and workplace protections.
Union membership provides strength in numbers. Union members -workers just like you- benefit most from the union's collective bargaining power to negotiate with employers on their behalf. This basic right gives you as the union member more leverage than if you tried to negotiate as an individual person.
Benefits for Labor Union Members Also Include
- Respect in the Workplace
- More Equitable Work Assignment & Promotions
- An Average of 20% Higher Wages than Non-Union Workers Performing Similar Work
- 92% of Union Workers have Job-Related Health Coverage vs Only 68% of Non-Union Workers
- Protection from Unjust Terminations through Collective Bargaining Agreements. Most union workers cannot be terminated without "just cause". This is different than many non-union workers who are considered "at will employees" which means that are literally 'at the will' of their employer who may fire them at any time for almost any reason.
- Having the Collective Bargaining Power that comes with the Ability to Vote whether to Strike. A strike is when a group of workers stops working either in protest of working conditions or as a bargaining tool during labor/management negotiations.
- Most national unions are affiliated with Union Plus which is a benefits administrator that includes Automotive Discounts, Education & Legal Assistance, Entertainment Discounts, Hardship Assistance, Health & Fitness Discounts, Home & Technology Discounts, Money & Insurance Programs, and a Travel Center.
Benefits for Employers with Unionized Workforces Include
- Higher Productivity
- Solvency of the Firm
- Economic Development
- Better-Trained Workforce
- Lower Employee Turnover
- Maintains Competitiveness
- Contributes to Economic Growth
- Improved Workplace Health and Safety
- Superior Product Quality or Service Delivery
KNOW YOUR WEINGARTEN RIGHTS
The following is an example of a 'Weingarten Card' which an employee can either read or present to management prior to or during a meeting with management where the employee believes that discipline or termination may result:
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion."
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