A Message From Council 65

Being a member in a Union greatly increases the quality of life for members, their families and the communities in which we reside.  The ability to have a voice in our employment through our Union makes a world of difference in wages, benefits and working conditions. Individuals have very little bargaining power as opposed to a group of employees with their employer.

It should not surprise you then that being in a Union makes us financially more secure and more content in our work place.

*   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union workers make $120.00 more per week than non-union workers.

*   Total compensation cost (wages and fringe benefits) for Union workers averaged $46.50 compared to $29.83 for non-union workers.

*   85% of Union members have health insurance compared with only 54% of non-union workers.

*   88% of Union members have retirement plans, compared with only 48% of non-union workers.

*   77% of Union members have a defined benefit pension plan compared to 17% for non-union workers.  A defined benefit plan is deferred compensation for your labor during your working career.

*   85% of Union members have paid sick leave compared with only 62% of non-union workers.

*   Union members typically feel more secure in their job as there are workplace protections against unjust discipline in the workplace.  Non-union workers are considered "at will" employees and can be discharged without any meaningful recourse.

UNIONS WORK BECAUSE WE WORK TOGETHER AS A GROUP FOR A COMMON GOAL - TO IMPROVE THEIR WORKPLACE FOR EVERYONE.  YOUR UNION BEGINS WITH YOU!