Because it works!
With a Union, YOU have a say about PAY, BENEFITS, SAFETY, and WORKPLACE IMPROVEMENTS.
Through a collective bargaining agreement workers are able to improve their jobs and their lives.
1. Collective Bargaining Power
By forming a union, employees gain the ability to negotiate with their employer as a collective group. This collective bargaining power strengthens their position when it comes to negotiating wages, benefits, working conditions, and other terms of employment. With a union, employees have a stronger voice and can advocate for their interests more effectively.
Union members’ wages, on average, are 27 percent higher than non-union employees doing the same work.
2. Improved Compensation and Benefits
Unionized workplaces often have better compensation packages than non-unionized ones. Unions strive to secure fair wages, benefits, and working conditions for their members. They negotiate contracts that establish minimum standards, ensuring that employees receive competitive pay, health insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off, and other perks.
Union workers are twice as likely to have employer-provided health care than non-union employees.
3. Job Security and Protection
Unions can help protect employees from arbitrary or unjust treatment by management. They establish procedures and grievance mechanisms to address issues like unfair discipline, termination, or workplace harassment. Union members benefit from collective representation and may have access to legal assistance and support when faced with workplace conflicts or disputes.
It creates a legally binding document that puts the agreement between the employer and workers in writing.
4. Workplace Democracy
Unions foster a culture of workplace democracy, allowing employees to participate in decision-making processes that affect their work lives. Union members have the opportunity to vote on contracts, elect union officials, and participate in union meetings and discussions. This involvement can enhance employee engagement and create a sense of ownership and empowerment.
The employer cannot simply “change their mind,” “amend the policy,” or do any action that would break the collective bargaining agreement without approval from the workers.
5. Health and Safety Advocacy
Unions often prioritize workplace health and safety. They strive to ensure that employers comply with safety regulations and provide a safe working environment. Unions can advocate for better safety measures, training programs, and protective equipment, reducing the risk of accidents, injuries, and occupational hazards.
Workers have a strong voice and a more secure and safe work environment.
6. Solidarity and Support
Joining a union can create a sense of solidarity and camaraderie among employees. It provides a platform for workers to connect, support one another, and address common concerns collectively. Unions can foster a supportive community where members advocate for each other’s rights and well-being.
Creates a more stable and productive workforce, making the company more prosperous and better for everyone.
7. Training and Professional Development
Unions may negotiate for opportunities for employee training and professional development. They can advocate for programs that enhance employees’ skills, knowledge, and career growth. By investing in their members’ development, unions help improve job satisfaction, productivity, and future employment prospects.