How is a Union Workplace Different?

Working WITHOUT A Union:

No Job Security: With few exceptions, without a union a worker in America today can be disciplined, laid off or terminated without cause at any time.

No Seniority: Your loyalty or length of service does not have to be considered at any time (scheduling, hours reductions, vacations, job bids or anything else).

Sub-standard Wages: Your employer can pay whatever they want and change your wages at any time as long as they meet minimum wage guidelines.

Sub-standard Insurance: Your employer can change benefits, rates and eligibility at any time.

No Voice at Work: Employers like to say they have an "open door"---the problem is that it is often the out door that is open widest! 

 

Working WITH a Union:

Contract:Real Job Security: All of our union contracts include no discipline or termination without just cause. Contracts are enforceable by law! 

Seniority: Seniority is an important principle in union workplaces. While specifics vary, your length of service guarantees you better benefits and more security.

Negotiated Wages: Union workers negotiate their wage increases. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, average union wages are 27% higher than those of nonunion workers.

Insurance You Negotiate: Insurance rates and benefits are part of the contract.

A Real Voice at Work: When you organize a union, your employer is required by law to negotiate over wages, benefits and working conditions. Once in place, the contract is legally binding.