The Union Difference

By organizing a union, workers can attain significant improvements in the terms and conditions of their employment. Union workers enjoy much stronger legal protection on the job as well as better wages and benefits. Here are some recent statistics that prove it:

Better Wages

Reports show that Union workers generally make 35% more in wages and benefits than non-union workers.

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS OF FULL-TIME WAGE AND SALARY WORKERS, 2009
 
 
 
 

Health Insurance

Many Local 99 contracts have affordable health insurance. The employer pays all or most of the expense.

Pension Plans

Local 99 can negotiate a pension plan to make your retirement easier.

UNION WORKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HEALTH AND PENSION BENEFITS, 2009


 
Note: Defined-benefit pensions are a subset of all pensions. Disability refers to short-term disability benefits.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employee Benefits in Medium and Large Private Establishments, 1997, Bulletin 2517, September 1999. Prepared by the AFL-CIO.


Job Security

All Local 99 contracts contain language that prevents employers from unjustly and arbitrarily terminating, suspending and/or reprimanding you without having just cause for their action.

UNION WORKERS AND JOB STABILITY
Percentage of Workers with the Same Employer for 10 Years or More, 1998
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source: AFL-CIO analysis of the Current Population Survey, Supplement on Displaced Workers, Job Tenure and Occupational Mobility, February 1998. Prepared by the AFL-CIO.


Due Process

All Local 99 contracts contain a formal grievance and arbitration system to help provide you with due process at the shop floor level. All violations of your contract are settled through this procedure. So if you have any problems with management that you feel violates your Union contract, this procedure will help solve them.