What can a Union do for you?
- Employees bargain with strength for wages, benefits and rights when they join together. That’s why it’s important to unionize.
- Under the employment at will doctrine, the cornerstone of American employment law, in general terms, unless you belong to a protected group, your employer has the right to discipline or terminate, with impunity, you for any reason — even a bad one — or for no reason at all. That’s why it is sometimes called the fire at will doctrine.
- However, with a collective bargaining agreement, you have rights. Management must have just cause for any disciplinary action taken against a union employee. You bargain over wages, health benefits, working conditions and a retirement plan for your future. But, you bargain collectively with the strength that comes from a collective voice.
- ITS ALWAYS wise to take full advantage of YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.
- WITH A UNION, the employer must bargain and pay the wages negotiated.
- WITH A UNION, your rights on the job are spelled out and must be respected.
- WITH A UNION, you can stop abuses on the job. The union can prevent unjust and unfair treatment by giving you representation on the job and the right to file grievances if you are treated unfairly.
- WITH A UNION, you can negotiate for better holiday pay, vacations, health and welfare benefits, and job conditions.
- WITH A UNION, you have greater security on your job. Company management cannot fire you without good reason and they must respect your length of service if there are layoffs.
Who Runs the Union? You do!
- You elect your own local union officers.
- You run your own local union affairs.
- You have your own negotiating committee.
- You make the decisions on your own union contract.
- You have your own shop stewards.
- You decide important policies and actions of your own union by majority vote.