Why Should I Join A Union?
Why would workers in a non-union workplace want a Union? This is a question that is on the minds of working men and women everywhere, no matter what occupation.
The fact is that having a Union in your workplace is the most beneficial thing you can do to secure your future and the future of your family!
Did you know that if you work in a non-union workplace you could be fired for virtually any reason?
In March 2007, a national computer chain fired 3,400 workers because they said that these workers made too much money (average $24,000-$28,000). The company failed to mention in the news release that their CEO earned over $4.5 million and the Chairman of the company earned over $5.4 million.
Did you know that in a non-union workplace, you could be fired for getting sick, or for getting injured on the job?
A custodian at a University in Louisiana fell down a flight of stairs during a blackout in a storm. The mother and bread winner of two young children was unable to work because of the medication prescribed the physician who attended to her. The University forced her to resign because she did not have any sick days to use up.
At a car plant in mid-Ohio, a 12 year employee who contracted a respiratory infection was fired for not returning to the job which induced the infection. The 49 year old mother was raising two children.
Did you know that, in a non-union workplace, you could be laid off to make room for friends or relatives of your employer?
Many workers feel that years of service should ensure their employment but it is well known that blood is thicker water.
But if you worked in a unionized workplace, your job would be protected whether you were sick or injured, and you would be protected by a Union contract during layoffs.
In a Unionized workplace, time off due to sickness or injury is usually covered in the CBA, layoffs usually go by seniority.
Employees in a Union workplace earn far more in wages than non-union workers. Unionized workers have Union contracts that guarantee certain wages and benefits for the Union worker for the life of the contract.
On average, union workers’ wages are 30 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.
A Union can help those in the workplace obtain better healthcare for you and your family.
80 percent of union workers in the private sector had jobs with employer-provided health insurance, compared with only 49 percent of nonunion workers.
Union representation means that you stand a better chance able to retire with financial security for you and your spouse.
Of all Union workers, 81% have Defined Benefit Pension Plans that are fully financed by the employer. Defined Benefit Pension Plans are guaranteed by the Government and they provide a guaranteed monthly pension amount. In non-union workplaces, only 48% of workers have Defined Benefit Pension Plans financed by the employer.
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