Why Should You Join A Union?

Organize! Organize! Organize!

UNIONS RECOGNIZE AND APPRECIATE THE WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ELSEWHERE
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

A UNION SONG

Union Facts: The Value of Collective Voice

The union difference is more money in your pockets to; 
  • buy a home
  • start a family 
  • pay down student loan debt 
  • save for retirement.
    
    
    Better Pay And Benefits
  • Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27% higher than their nonunion counterparts.
  • More than 79% of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do.
  • Unions help bring more working people into the middle class. In fact, in states where people don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.
Secure Retirement
  • Unionized workers are 60% more likely to have employer-provided pensions.
Productivity
  • Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
Unions also provide a voice on the job, which is something that money can't buy. 
THE IAM&AW IS A STRONG AND POWERFUL LABOR UNION AND IS WELL RESPECTED. THE IAM AND ALL OF ITS' AFFILIATES ARE PART OF THE NATIONAL AFLCIO.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.

We are the democratic, voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women.

We strive to ensure all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity, and equal opportunities. We help people acquire valuable skills and job-readiness for the 21st century economy. In fact, we operate the largest training network outside the U.S. military.

Our work is anchored in making sure everyone who works for a living has family-supporting wages and benefits and the ability to retire with dignity. We advance legislation to create good jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports, and improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage. We advocate for strengthening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, affordable health care available to all.

We fight for keeping good jobs at home by reforming trade rules, reindustrializing the U.S. economy and providing worker protections in the global economy. We stand firm in holding corporations accountable for their actions.

We help make safe, equitable workplaces and give working people a collective voice to address workplace injustices without the fear of retaliation. We fight for social and economic justice and strive to vanquish oppression in all its forms.
AFL-CIO AFFILIATED UNIONS
Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM)
American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
American Radio Association (ARA)
American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As)
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA)
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM)
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)
California School Employees Association (CSEA)
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA)
Industrial Union of Electronic Workers (IUE-CWA)
National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA)
Printing, Publishing and Media Workers, CWA (PPMW-CWA)
The Newspaper Guild (TNG-CWA)
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE)
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Ironworkers)
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AWIU)
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM)
Transportation Communications International Union/IAM (TCU/IAM)
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)
International Plate Printers, Die Stampers and Engravers Union of North America (Plate Printers and Die Stampers)
International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers (Novelty and Production Workers)
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades of the United States and Canada (IUPAT)
International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU)
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)
Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS)
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
National Nurses United (NNU)
National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA)
NFL Players Association (NFLPA)
Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada (OPCMIA)
Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
Seafarers International Union of North America (SIU)
Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
UNITE HERE (UNITE HERE)
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)
United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union (UAW)
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU-UFCW)
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial & Service Workers International Union (USW)
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (Roofers and Waterproofers)
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
Writers Guild of America, East Inc. (WGAE)

36 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD THANK A UNION

  • 1. Weekends Without Work 
  • 2. All Breaks At Work, Including Your Lunch Breaks 
  • 3. Paid Vacation 
  • 4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 
  • 5. Sick Leave 
  • 6. Social Security 
  • 7. Minimum Wage 
  • 8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII – Prohibits Employer Discrimination 
  • 9. 8-Hour Workday 
  • 10. Overtime Pay 
  • 11. Child Labor Laws 
  • 12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) 
  • 13. 40-Hour Workweek 
  • 14. Workers’ Compensation (Workers’ Comp) 
  • 15. Unemployment Insurance 
  • 16. Pensions 
  • 17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations 
  • 18. Employer Healthcare Insurance 
  • 19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees 
  • 20. Wrongful Termination Laws 
  • 21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) 
  • 22. Whistleblower Protection Laws 
  • 23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) 
  • 24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS) 
  • 25. Compensation Increases and Evaluations (i.e. raises) 
  • 26. Sexual Harassment Laws 
  • 27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • 28. Holiday Pay 
  • 29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance 
  • 30. Privacy Rights 
  • 31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave 
  • 32. Military Leave 
  • 33. The Right to Strike 
  • 34. Public Education for Children 
  • 35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 
  • 36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States