|Need a Union?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics,
union workers earn 34 percent more in wages compared to non-union
workers. Union workers also have better health care, pension plans
and other benefits. And then, of course, there is the grievance
procedure, seniority rights, and a greater sense of security and
dignity on the job.
Working people in all walks of life join together in unions to
gain a voice at work. Union members have a say about pay, benefits,
working conditions and how their jobs get done-and having them say
gives the a "union advantage."
If you do not have a union at your job, find out more about how
to form one. Today, more people are taking the step to form unions
on the job than at any time in recent history. You can be one of
them! How do you get started?
Know Your Rights
is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States to
the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and (to) protect
exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization
and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the
purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment
or other mutual aid or protection.
--National Labor Relations Act
Federal and state laws guarantee the right to form unions! Eligible
employees have the right to express their views on Unions, to talk
with their co-workers about their interest In forming a union, to
wear union buttons, to attend union meetings and in many other ways
to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and
freedom of association.
Despite these laws, many employers strongly resist their employees'
efforts to gain a voice at work through unionization. So, before
you start talking union where you work, get in touch with a union
that will help you organize.
Find Out Which Union is Right for You
To form a union on the job, you need the backup and hands-on help
from the union you are seeking to join. If you don't already know
which union is most able to help you, find out unions affiliated
with the Quad City Federation of Labor by visiting their websites
or call their local officers. If you need help finding a union's
number, contact us.
Union members represent a cross section of people-women and men
of all ages, races and ethnic groups. They work in hospitals and
nursing homes, schools, auto assembly plants and on construction
sites, trains, buses and airplanes. They are security guards, musicians,
electricians, high-tech workers, postal workers, letter carriers,
janitors and more.
For directions on how to find a union call the Quad City Federation
of Labor at (309) 788-1303.