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US Income Share and Union Membership

Union Membership Gives Strength in Numbers:

Unions are Good for America and all Americans. 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.

Benefits for Members of Unions Include:

  • Respect in the Workplace
  • More Equitable Work Assignments & Promotions
  • Union Workers Earn an Average of 20% More than Non-Union Workers
  • Union Workers are More Likely to Have Guaranteed Pensions than Non-Union Workers
  • 92% of Union Workers have Job-Related Health Coverage vs 68% of Non-Union Workers
  • 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.
  • Most national labor unions are affiliated with Union Plus which is a benefit provider that include Auto Benefits, Education & Legal, Entertainment Discounts, Hardship Assistance, Health & Fitness, Home & Technology, Money & Insurance, and a Travel Center.

  • Benefits of Unions and Unionization to Employers and the Economy Include:

  • Higher Productivity
  • Solvency of the Firm
  • Economic Development
  • Better Trained Workforce
  • Lower Employee Turnover
  • Maintains Competitiveness
  • Contributes to Economic Growth
  • Improved Workplace Health and Safety
  • Superior Product Quality or Service Delivery

  • 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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    Ibotta Ibotta is a great tool that can save you money while grocery shopping at your favorite, unionized grocery stores. First, Download the Ibotta app (available on iOS and Android). Then, after you've gone shopping, check your receipt for any participating products and verify your purchase by scanning your product barcodes. Lastly, submit a photo of your receipt and GET CASH.

    Discover Card
    Get a dollar-for-dollar match of all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year, automatically. Earn 5% cash back in rotating categories each quarter like gas stations, Amazon.com, restaurants, wholesale clubs and more, up to the quarterly maximum each time you activate. Plus earn 1% cash back on all other purchases. Your cash back never expires.

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