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What is a Union?
Updated On: May 14, 2009

Organizing | What is a Union?

A Union is a group of workers who join together to achieve better wages, better benefits, respect on the job, and a stronger voice in workplace decisions. With the help of a Union, workers negotiate a contract with their employer to ensure these things.

Without a Union, employers have 100% control over its employees and complete authority to make all decisions. Through Unions, employees take some of this control to make their workplace better. A Union’s major goal is to give workers a voice on the job for respect, safety, security, better pay and benefits, and other improvements to working conditions.

Unions are making a difference. With most of the economic benefits of our economy going to corporate America, working people are using the power of collective action to get their fair share.

Workers never got anything without uniting for it.
  • The 40-hour workweek
  • The 8-hour workday
  • Overtime
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Vacation
  • Employer-paid health insurance
  • Pensions
  • Safety and health protections
  • Grievance procedure for wrongful discharge and discipline
  • Fairness in promotions
  • Higher wages

Just think of what you and your co-workers may be able to win if you had a Union contract.

For more information check out the following links:

  • Organizing Rights
  • What is a Union?
  • How to Join a Union
  • Union FAQ's

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