A few to things think about when you
ask your self, why should I join a union??
Here are 36 things Unions have given us.
Weekends without work, All breaks at work, including
your lunch breaks, Paid vacation, Family an Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Sick
Leave, Social Security,
Minimum wage, Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination, 8-hour work days, Overtime Pay, Child Labor Laws, Occupational Safety& Health Act (OSHA),
40 hour work weeks, Workers compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Pensions, Workplace safety standards and regulations, Employer health care insurance,
Collective bargaining rights for employees, Wrongful termination laws, Age discrimination Act of 1967, Whistle blower protection laws,
Employee Polygraph Protection Act - prohibits employers from using a lie detectors, Veteran's Employment and Training Services,
Compensation increases and evaluations (raises), Sexual harassment laws, American with disabilities Act, Holiday Pay, Pregnancy and parental rights,
Military leave, The Right To Strike, Public education for children, Equal pay Act of 1963,
Laws ending sweatshops in the United States.
Benefits of a Union
Union members - workers like you - benefit from the
union's collective bargaining power to negotiate with employers on their behalf.
This basic right gives you as a union member more power then if you tried to negotiate as an individual. There is strength in numbers.
More benefits of union membership
Union employees make an average of 30% more then non
92% of union workers have job related health care coverage
Union workers are more likely to have guaranteed pensions then non union employees
Unions help protect employees from unjust dismissal
through collective bargaining agreements (CBA). Because of this, most union
employees cannot be fired with out just cause.
This is unlike many non union workers who are considered "at-will" employees and can be fired at any time for almost any reason.
Union members also benefit from having the
collective power to go on strike. A strike is when a group of workers stops
working either in protest of labor conditions
or as a bargaining tool during labor/management negotiations.
Unions are good for America and all Americans
Unions are associated with higher productivity, lower employee turnover, improved workplace communication, and a better trained workforce.
There is substantial amount of academic literature on the following benefits of unions and unionization to employers and the economy:
product or service delivery and quality
Solvency of the firm
Workplace safety and Health