International Guards Union of America

Representing Security and Police in America Since 1948


Benefits of Union Membership

Union Membership Gives Strength in Numbers:

All workers benefit from unions, because unions set pay standards and workplace protections. Union members -workers like you- benefit most from the union's collective bargaining power to negotiate with employers on their behalf. This basic right gives you as a union member more power than if you tried to negotiate as an individual.

More benefits of union membership:

  • Union employees make an average of 20% more than non-union workers.

  • 92% of union workers have job-related health coverage versus 68% of non-union workers.

  • Union workers are more likely to have guaranteed pensions than non-union employees.

    Unions help protect employees from unjust dismissal through collective bargaining agreements (CBA). Because of this, most union employees cannot be fired without "just cause." This is unlike many nonunion workers who are considered "at-will" employees and can be fired at any time for almost any reason.

    Union members also benefit from having the collective power to go on strike. A strike is when a group of workers stops working either in protest of labor conditions or as a bargaining tool during labor/management negotiations. Unions are Good for America and all Americans Unions are associated with higher productivity, lower employee turnover, improved workplace communication, and a better-trained workforce.

    There is a substantial amount of academic literature on the following benefits of unions and unionization to employers and the economy:

  • Economic growth

  • Productivity

  • Competitiveness

  • Product or service delivery and quality

  • Training

  • Turnover

  • Solvency of the firm

  • Workplace health and safety

  • Economic development

    (Information Arrangement Courtesy of UnionPlus)

    Do You Know Your Weingarten Rights?

    The following is an example of a 'Weingarten Card' which an employee can either read or present to management prior to (or during) a meeting with management where the employee believes that discipline or termination may result:

    "If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion."

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    Common Union Member Benefits
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      Higher Wages Overtime Pay
      The 40 Hour Work Week The 8 Hour Work Day
      Safer Working Conditions Better Healthcare Plans
      Pensions & 401K Retirement Accounts Paid Vacations & Holidays
      Fairness in Promotions & Work Assignments Sick Leave & Family Medical Leave Legislation

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      American Income Life

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      Credit Card
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      The Dangers of the 'Every "Man" For Themselves' Mentality

      Two union-busters are out for a stroll when a bear crashes out of the brush and heads right for them. The union-busters scramble up the nearest tree, but the bear starts climbing up after them.

      The first union-buster starts taking off his expensive Gucci loafers and the second union-buster gives him a puzzled look and says, "What in the world are you doing?"

      He replies, "I figure when the bear gets close to us, we'll jump down and make a run for it."

      The second union-buster says, "Are you crazy? We both know you can't outrun a full-grown grizzly bear."

      The first union-buster says, "I don't have to outrun the bear, I only have to outrun you!"

      Courtesy of Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired! (paperback)