Unions Are Far More Than A Kind Of Employment Insurance Policy For Working People. Plenty Of Union Members And Union Official Have Learned The Hard Way That When Workers Come To Think Of Their Union As A Business That Provides Service Rather Than A Group Of People Banding Together To Fight For Common Interests, The Union Quickly Loses The Clout And Credibility Needed To Defend And Advance The Members’ Interests. When An Employer Looks And Sees Only A Small Handful Of Paid Union Staff Or Elected Union Leaders, And No One Standing Behind Them, Pretty Soon The Employer Starts Thinking That “The Union” Isn’t Really Much To Contend With. And The Truth Is, That’s Right.
Adapted From “The Union Members Complete Guide”, by Michael Mauer
- Cost-of-living raises so that wage rates rise with living costs.
- Equal pay for equal work regardless of sex, race, or national origin.
- Paid sick leave and life insurance for workers; employer-paid hospital, medical, dental and eye care benefits for workers and their families
- A safe, healthy workplace.
- Increased purchasing power to provide a higher standard of living.
- Union Shop.
- Portable pensions with optional early retirement benefits.
- Joint apprentice training and retraining on the job.
- Restrictions on subcontracting. Employer-paid insurance for worn, broken, or stolen tools.
- Severance pay and supplemental unemployment benefits.
- Shorter work week with double time for voluntary overtime.