Benefits of Union Membership
What is a union?
A union is a group of workers who come together to win respect on the job, better wages and benefits, more flexibility for work and family needs and a voice in improving the quality of their services. The basic idea of a union is that by joining together with co-workers to form a union, employees have a better ability, through their strength in numbers, to improve conditions at the workplace. In other words, "In unity there is strength."
The primary purpose of the union is to represent workers in their employment and to negotiate a contract that improves wages, benefits and working conditions and protects workers from unfair treatment. The basis of the contract negotiated with the employer is determined by the workers affected by the proposed contract. After the contract is negotiated, it can only take effect if it is voted on and ratified on by the members. Union members nominate and elect Union Officers (from among the body of their local union) to represent their interests. Any member who meets the qualifications for office may be nominated and elected to office within a local union.
Why join a union?
As a worker, you have a right under federal law to form a union, select representatives of your choice and bargain collectively with your employer. This helps balance the power that an employer has over his individual employees. Belonging to a union gives you rights under law that you do not have as an individual, like a say in your job, safety and security. Once you have formed a union, your employer must bargain with the union.