The Benefits of Joining a Union
Are you interested in a union job? There are many benefits to joining a labor union, including higher salaries, a pension and better health insurance benefits than those provided by many non-union employers. According the AFL-CIO:
- Union members earn 26 percent more than their nonunion counterparts.
- More than 75 percent of union workers have health benefits. Less than half of nonunion workers have health coverage.
- Nearly 70 percent of union workers have a pension. Only 14 percent of nonunion workers have one.
- The 10 states where unions are strongest have higher earnings, better health coverage, less crime, more civic participation, less poverty and better schools than the 10 states where union membership is lowest.
- In 2005, 15.7 million workers belonged to unions.
Who belongs to a union? Unions members work in every industry from construction to government. Mail carriers are represented by a union. So are actors, musicians, construction workers, teachers, college professors and nurses.
How to Find a Union Job
How do you join a union? Many unions have apprenticeship programs where training is provided for entry-level employees. Or, if you're an experienced worker, you may be able to bypass the training program. Contact the Central Labor Council for your location to find out about union apprenticeship and employment opportunities. Or check directly with a labor union in your career field or location.Also, check our directory of Union Jobs for opportunities with specific unions like International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or the United Auto Workers.