Benefits of a Union at your Workplace
As a Union member you are represented by Union professionals who know the Federal and State Labor Laws and are there to ensure you are treated fairly at your workplace, but having a union in your corner brings much more than just fair treatment. As a union member, you have a voice regarding your wages, working hours, working conditions; benefits – including retirement plans and health insurance. Union members are more likely to have paid vacation days, sick leave and paid holidays off with family. Union members are recognized for their commitment to their job and are given seniority rights and many are rewarded with longevity wages for being a loyal employee for many years.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, if you are a union member you are probably earning 30% more than non-union workers. And if you’re a union worker, you are also much more likely to have health and pension benefits. In March 2011, union workers earned on average $23.02 per hour compared to $19.51 per hour for nonunion workers. In 2013, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median average weekly earnings of $950, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $750.
If you are not experiencing the benefits of union members, fair wages, lower health care costs, paid time off for being sick or vacation time, if you don't have the security of knowing you have a plan for retirement, and the peace of mind knowing you have a voice without the threat of being fired for no cause, then it's time to become a Teamsters Local 205 Union Member!
Below are other 2013 statistics comparing the benefits of Union and Non-Union Workers
Union workers participating in job-provided health insurance 85%
Nonunion workers participating in job-provided health insurance 54%
Union workers participating in guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension plans 77%
Nonunion workers participating in guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension plans 17%
Union workers with paid sick leave 84%
Nonunion workers with paid sick leave 62%
Union workers’ median weekly earnings $943
Nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $742
Young (ages 16–24) union workers’ median weekly earnings $545
Young (ages 16–24) nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $434
Union women’s median weekly earnings $877
Nonunion women’s median weekly earnings $663
African American union workers’ median weekly earnings $784
African American nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $599
Latino union workers’ median weekly earnings $840
Latino nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $530
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey 2012; International Brotherhood of Teamsters,
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