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Great job by our affiliate, The Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ (OPCMIA) with this video “Value Driven Family.” I am a union member, a father and now a grandfather. I thank my union daily for the opportunities that they afforded me and...
Earlier this week, Donald Trump remarked that he’d “always wanted a Purple Heart.” Before yesterday, 99% of the people in my life had no idea that I had been awarded a Purple Heart. That’s because it’s a reminder of a very bad day. You see, on Aug. 19, 2004, when I...
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Today, we dropped the first round of regular, direct mail pieces that will reach voters in key battleground states. The program begins by calling out Donald Trump’s hypocrisy to more than 150,000 voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. We will send mail to union members in six additional states, including Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina every week until Election Day.
One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material.
“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”
Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.
The Union Advantage
Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.
Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.
More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.
- Wages are 27% higher than non-union 27%
- Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions 60%
- More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits 79%