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The Union Difference

 UnionNon-Union
ContractA legal document that guarantees wages, benefits and other conditions of employment.  Voted on by Union employees.No contract.  An employee handbook containing policies and benefits can be changed at any time by employer.  Nothing is guaranteed
WagesNegotiated by elected committee and union staff.  Union wages average significantly higher.Employer arbitrarily sets wages.  The law only requires payment of minimum wage.
SeniorityYears of Service are rewarded.  Used to determine wages, vacation/holiday and shift scheduling, overtime assignments, lay-off procedure and job bidding.Seniority can be ignored.
DisciplineFor just cause only, following fair process.YOU'RE FIRED!
GrievancesContract sets a structured procedure to handle disputes in the workplace that are in violation of the contract.Employer may provide "open door" policy to discuss disputes, but has final say.
ArbitrationContract provides for arbitration of grievances, when appropriate, at the Union's expense.Any legal action brought by an employee against employer must be paid for by worker.
Health/Welfare/PensionBenefits negotiated by Union, most often include employer-paid premium contributions.Not required under law.  Employer may change plan at any time.
VacationsPaid vacation negotiated according to seniority.Given, paid or unpaid at employer's whim.
HolidaysNegotiated by Union to include holidays as well as personal days off.  Typically, working a holiday means double time.Employer may or may not chose to observe certain holidays.  May or may not pay extra.
Sick LeavePaid sick leave or short term disability.Up to employer. Policy may be changed.
Leave of Absence/Parental LeaveNegotiated leaves which go beyond laws, with return to work guarantees.Employer must grant only those leaves required by law.
Shift PremiumHourly bonus paid to night shift employees.None required.  Employer may or may not pay.
DuesSmall portion of entire wages and benefits paid to Union for effective representation and voice.No dues - no rights! (The best things in life aren't free!).
ProtectionLanguage that protects Union members in case of sale, merger, takeover or closing of business.NONE.
Respect and DignityThrough the Union, workers can be treated like adults, involved in decisions which affect them and are then able to provide quality care.How you are treated on the job should not depend on the personality of management.

 

 


Union Advantage by the Numbers
Updated On: Oct 03, 2008 (19:24:00)

 Union workers earn higher wages and get more benefits than workers who don't have a voice on the job with a Union.

 

Union workers median weekly earnings

Nonunion workers median weekly earnings 

Union wage advantage                                                                                  

$863.00

$663.00

30%

Union women's median weekly earnings

Nonunion women's median weekly earnings

Union wage advantage for women

$790.00

$592.00

33%

African American union workers median weekly earnings

African American nonunion workers median weekly earnings

Union wage advantage for African Americans

$732.00

$533.00

37%

 Latino union workers median weekly earnings

Latino nonunion workers median weekly earnings

Union wage advantage for Latinos

$736.00

$487.00

51%

Asian American union workers median weekly earnings

Asian American nonunion workers median weekly earnings

Union wage advantage for Asian Americans

$853.00

$823.00

4%

Union workers covered by employer provided Health Insurance

Nonunion workers covered by employer provided Health Insurance

Union Health Insurance advantage

78%

49%

59%

Union workers without Health Insurance Coverage

Nonunion workers without Health Insurance Coverage

Nonunion workers are five times more likely to lack Heath Insurance Coverage

2.5%

15%

 

Union workers covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) Pensions

Nonunion workers covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) Pensions

Union Pension advantage

67%

15%

347%

Union workers with short-term disability benefits

Nonunion workers with short-term disability benefits

Union short-term disability benefits advantage

60%

35%

71%

Union workers average days of paid vacation

Nonunion workers average days of paid vacation

Union paid vacation advantage

15 days

11.75 days

28%

   Where would you stand if your place of Employment was Nonunion?

Employers report to Stockholders that only care about Profits

 

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  • At Will Employees (Updated: Oct 06, 2008 13:38:00)


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