The Union Difference
Life is better in a union.
The numbers tell the story: Union members make more money, have more reliable health care coverage and retire with financial security. Because we stand together, we have the power to negotiate for the wages and benefits we have earned.
But being in a union is about more than just pay and benefits. It’s about respect for the work we do. It’s about being safe and protected on the job. It’s about having the resources and training to do our jobs well. And it’s about always having someone to turn to if something’s not right.
"during this pandemic we have ppe to continue this job."
Because union members sit down with management to negotiate our contracts, and because we stand together, we almost universally make more money and have better benefits.
Union members make
Among minorities, the difference is even more stark because union membership reduces the wage gap.
Union women make
African-Americans in unions make
than those not in unions.
Hispanic Americans make
than those who aren’t unionized.
It's not just basic health care – union members have better access to supplemental benefits, too.
of union members have access to a health care plan
of non-union workers have access to a health care plan
of union members have access to retirement benefits
of non-union workers have access to retirement benefits
“I am so happy that we have a voice with management.”
assistant attorney general
“I have access to tools to improve my future.”
"Forming a union is going to give us the stability we need."
“I have the support and solidarity of a great group of people.”
“A union is essential – particularly in staffing levels.”
"We put our foot down and so far we have been successful."
vocational rehabilitation technician
"That's the one thing i think about a lot too, is that equality."
Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics