Why Should You Join A Union?

Organizing the Unorganized

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

  1. Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members.

  2. On average, union workers’ wages are 27% higher than their nonunion counterparts.

  3. More than 79% of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do.

  4. 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.


  • Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce where workers have a say in improving their jobs. Unions provide a voice on the job, which is something that money can’t buy.

The National AFL-CIO.

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.

Here’s all you have to do Join the Union

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

Union VS Non-Union