Unions empower workers to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. When workers join together in solidarity, negotiating contracts in their best interests becomes more successful.
Higher wages and better benefits
According to the Economic Policy Institute, union workers earn an average of 13.2 percent higher wages than their non-union counterparts, and are more likely to have employer-provided benefits like premium health insurance, paid time off and a retirement plan. All benefits are above and beyond your hourly wage, so it won’t come out of your paycheck.
A stronger economy
When union workers make a higher wage, non-union firms tend to raise their wages, too. A strong union presence tends to influence wage increases among non-union firms to keep employment competitive. When employees benefit from higher wages, the economy thrives.
Increased workplace safety
Safety is a priority in the construction industry, and even more so among unions. The labor movement fought to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, resulting in safer working conditions and stronger protections for workers.
Unions represent workers across all levels of education, race and ethnicity, and promote a message of inclusion and equal opportunity. This is the workforce of the future!