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 union workers
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:

Economy growth



product or service delivery and quality



Solvency of the firm

Workplace safety and Health

Economic development