What Unions Do?
√ Respect on the job.
√ A voice at work
Unions are about a simple proposition:
By joining together, working women and men gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work about what they care about.
They negotiate a contract with their employer for things like a fair and safe workplace, better wages, a secure retirement and family-friendly policies such as paid sick leave and scheduled hours.
They have a voice in how their jobs get done, creating a more stable, productive workforce that provides better services and products. Always adapting to the challenges of our nation’s evolving workforce, unions are meeting the needs of workers in today’s flexible and nontraditional work environments.
Because no matter what type of job workers are in, by building power in unions, they can speak out for fairness for all working people in their communities and create better standards and a strong middle class across the country.
The Union Difference
Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members.
√ On average, union workers’ wages are 28 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.
√ 78 percent of union workers have a pension, while only 19 percent of nonunion workers have guaranteed pensions.
√ More than 84 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but only 64 percent of nonunion workers do.
√ Union workers have a say in improving their jobs. This helps employers create a more stable, productive workforce.
√ Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have strong union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.
Collective bargaining is the process in which working people, through their unions, negotiate contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, ways to balance work and family and more. Collective bargaining is a way to solve workplace problems.
After the rights of public employees to collectively bargain for a middle-class life came under attack in 2010, working people in all kinds of jobs as well as students, community supporters, faith leaders and others united to defend this basic right.
The United States has long lagged behind other industrialized nations in collective bargaining coverage for public and private-sector workers. Yet the right to collectively bargain is essential so that working men and women have the strength to improve their living standards, provide for their families and build a strong middle class.
If you would like to speak
with a union organizer
about making your workplace better,
call Teamsters Local 651 at:
(all calls are kept confidential).
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