How do unions help working families?
Through unions, workers win better wages, benefits and a voice on the joband good union jobs mean stronger communities. Union workers median weekly earnings are 27% higher than non-union workers. Three-quarters (75%) of union workers get health benefits, while just 49% of non-union workers get health benefits. Whats more, 69% of union workers enjoy guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions, while just 14% of non-union workers have such pensions.
Unions also actively seek to improve the standard of living for all workers. Unions led the fight to end child labor, establish the eight-hour day, and legislate job safety requirements. Unions were also a major force in the creation of Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage protections. Todays unions have engaged in vigorous campaigns for expanded family and medical leave, improved safety and health protections, overtime pay protections, and fair-trade agreements.
Want to know more about how unions can help? Contact an IBEW organizer by e-mail.