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What is a union?

Gary Bonker of IBEW Local 10 helps define what organized labor is

Gary Bonker's picture
Jun 22, 2016
The dictionary tells us that Unions are an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.
 
Fair enough, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Unions began in the mid-nineteenth century. They've been around a long time. Unions are legally recognized by the employer, the government and the courts. Based on the adage of "strength in numbers." Unions collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, safe working conditions and they handle disputes with Management over violations of the contract. Unions often engage in lobbying and elections at the State and Federal level as well.
 
A union worker averages 10 to 30 percent higher wages than non-union Workers. Unions do however, benefit the non-union worker by raising the wages and benefits for all. People often don't realize the number of different places that Unions can be found. Teachers and nurses of course, but how about car wash workers in Los Angeles and New York City? Professional Athletes of all kind. Writers and directors for the television shows you watch. Also remember the next time that you go to a movie that the actors, camera crews and set designers all belong to unions.
 
Unions are not a thing of the past. They are part of a strong America. That's because all work has dignity. All work deserves respect. All the people who perform the work deserve respect!

 

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