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Union Facts

FACT: Union members decide what they want in their contract. By law, the company has to negotiate with your Union over wages, benefits, and other working conditions. You and your co-workers will vote whether or not to accept or reject the contract proposal.

  • Union members have seniority rights.
  • Union members have professional representation that provides all members with dignity and respect on the job.
  • Your Union contract guarantees that your employer must pay you the wages and benefits set forth in the contract.

FACT: Union workers earn 30 percent more money than non-union workers, and 44 percent more when you include the total compensation of health and welfare benefits.

Unions Are Good for Business, Productivity and the Economy

According to Professor Harley Shaiken of the University of California-Berkeley,[1] Unions are associated with higher productivity, lower employee turnover, improved workplace communication, and a better-trained workforce.

There is a substantial amount of academic literature on the following benefits of Unions and unionization to employers and the economy:

  • Productivity
  • Competitiveness
  • Product/Service Delivery and Quality
  • Training
  • Lower Turnover
  • Solvency of the Company
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Economic Development

Source: "The Union Difference" www.aflcio.org [1] Harley Shaiken, The High Road to a Competitive Economy: A Labor Law Strategy, Center for American Progress, June 25, 2004, pp. 7-8.