When workers form a union, they come together and provide themselves with the opportunity to gain a voice in their workplace. Through a collective bargaining agreement or contract, workers are able to improve their jobs and their lives.
Union members’ wages, on average, are 27 percent higher than non-union employees doing the same work. Union workers are also twice as likely to have employer provided health care than non-union employees.
Members at each workplace in the UMWA vote on their contract. It is a legally-binding document that puts the agreement between the employer and workers in writing. The employer cannot simply “change their mind,” “amend policy,” or do any action that would break the collective bargaining agreement without approval from the workers.
With a union contract, workers have a strong voice and more secure and safe work environment. This creates a more stable and productive workforce, making the company more prosperous and a better for everyone.