9 Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Union
November 13, 2017
We all want to have a job that allows us to take care of ourselves and our families Paid sick leave, affordable health care, paid vacation, retirement, 8-hour work day, and safe workplaces are important to all of us. Not many people, however, know that the benefits working people enjoy today are a result of union negotiations.
Unions are a cornerstone of our democracy and our middle class. Unions are more important now than ever considering how corporate profits have skyrocketed the past 40 years while wages remain stagnant. In 2017, CEOs make 271 times more than the average worker. It doesn’t have to be that way.
By joining together with our coworkers, we gain bargaining power to negotiate for a better life.
Being a union member should be one of everyone’s career goals.
Here are 9 reasons why everyone needs to join a union NOW:
Union members earn more than non-union members
Union members have consistently earned more than non-union members. In 2015, for example, union members earned about $200 a week more than those who don’t belong to a union, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s $9,600 a year. Union members also tend to receive more regular raises than non-union members.
Union members are more likely to have health insurance than non-union members
Union members have employer-provided health insurance and likely receive better coverage than those offered to non-union members.
Union members have more secure retirement than non-union members
A secure retirement is one of the main reasons people join a union. Workers want to be able to retire without financial worries after decades of hard work. A secure retirement is a prized benefit for union members.
Union members are more likely to have paid sick leave and paid vacation than non-union members
We shouldn’t have to choose between a paycheck and our health or that of our loved ones. That’s why paid leave is one of the great benefits of being a union member.
Union members have better protections against abuses in the workplace
While non-union members are subject to the whims of their managers, union members are protected by a union contract that ensures fair treatment for everyone and there are procedures and protections for filing complaints or disciplinary actions.
Union members are less likely to get injured on the job than non-union members
Union reps ensure employers comply with workplace health and safety laws. Having a union also allows employees to report health and safety hazards without fear of retaliation from the employer.
Union members have better work-life balance than non-union members
Unionized workers tend to have more flexibility than non-union members when it comes to work schedules. Unionized workers are less likely to be forced to work overtime, let alone without pay.
Union members have better job security
Non-union members can get fired any time for any or no reason. If you are a union member, your manager must have a reason to discipline or fire you, and there is a procedure in place to make sure all sides are treated fairly.
Union members are happier than non-union members
According to a recent study , the benefits of being a union member go well beyond decent wages and secure retirement. The authors found that “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.” In other words, unions boost the overall quality of life for their members.
Are you missing out on these great benefits? Join AFGE today !
Sixteen years ago on September 11, 2001, the course of American history changed forever. Union workers were there that day — working in the buildings that were struck, flying on the airplanes that were used as weapons, charging into the chaos in the seconds and minutes after the attacks to save as many lives as possible, and conducting rescue and recovery efforts in the hours and days that followed.
Today, AFGE remembers all of those who perished in the horrific terrorist attacks and honors the survivors of that tragic day.
Since 9/11, AFGE members continue to work on the frontlines to ensure safety for the American people. In spite of savage budget cuts and attacks against them, AFGE members at the Department of Defense continue to support our military’s mission, AFGE border patrol agents secure our borders, and AFGE Transportation Security Officers safeguard our air travel. AFGE fire fighters and police officers also put their lives on the line every single day to ensure save lives and ensure safety and security of all Americans.
AFGE salutes men and women who took the oath of office to serve the American people and protect the United States.
“AFGE members are committed to protecting this country and ensuring that nothing like this ever happens again,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.