How exactly does a union work?

Unions are all about workers joining together to improve their jobs. The U.S. Government gives workers the right to form or join a labor union of their choosing in order to improve their working conditions. Each year, hundreds of thousands of workers successfully organize a union where they work.


Labor unions are built on the simple principle of solidarity, or unity, between workers. By sticking together, organizing to solve common problems, and pooling their financial resources, workers can do far more to improve their working conditions than they can individually. The proof of this comes from government statistics.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, union workers have a weekly median income over $160 more than non-union workers. That translates into $8,320 more each year for union members. Union members also enjoy more vacation time, health coverage, sick time—and a host of other benefits too numerous to mention—compared to their non-union counterparts.


Unions are democratic organizations, run by members who elect other members to lead the organization. Any existing member that has the drive and motivation can participate in their union to help build it and make it stronger.