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What is a union?

Unions are working people standing together. When working people stand together, we can bargain with our bosses for better pay, safer working conditions and decent benefits. When workers stand together, we have power. And that power makes the American Dream more possible for everyone.


Why join a union?

Have you ever had an idea on how to make your job and where you work better in some way? Throughout history, working people have stood together to have a voice where they work and a seat at the table to negotiate good wages and decent benefits for their families. This simple concept can apply to everyone, regardless of where you work or who your boss is.

People who work for a living know about the inequality of power between employers and employees. Workers want to form unions to counter-balance the unchecked power of employers. With a union, working people win basic rights, like a say in their jobs, safety and security. Unions help remedy discrimination because union contracts ensure that all workers are treated fairly and equally. When there’s a problem on the job, workers and management can work together as equals to solve it.

How do unions help working families today?

Through unions, workers win better wages, benefits and a voice on the job—and good union jobs mean stronger communities. Union workers earn 25 percent more than nonunion workers and are more likely to receive health care and pension benefits than those without a union. Unions continue to lead the fight today for better lives for working people, such as through expanded family and medical leave, improved safety and health protections, and fighting for fair-trade agreements that lift the standard of living for workers all over the world.

What have unions accomplished for all workers?


  • Family & Medical Leave ACT
  • Pregnancy & Parental LEAVE
  • All Breaks at Work (including Lunch Breaks)
  • Weekends & Paid Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Minimum Wage
  • Social Security
  • Overtime & Holiday Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Privacy Rights
  • Civil Rights
  • Homeowners’ Bill of Rights
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Military Leave
  • Protections for immigrant workers
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Employer Dental, Life, & Vision Insurance
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 AND MORE!



some other benitfits you may be interested in 

The benefits of being a union member extends beyond the workplace. AFL-CIO Union Plus benefits help current and retired labor union members and their families save money and support them through major milestones, celebrations and hardships. These benefits include:

Wireless Discounts

Switch to AT&T, the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier, and receive significant bill credits and other great deals.

Credit Cards

The Union Plus Credit Card is designed to meet the needs of union members, with competitive rates, U.S.-based customer service and more.


The Union Plus Mortgage program helps union members purchase or refinance a home.

Insurance Plans

Union Plus offers a full range of supplemental life and accident insurance plans dedicated to meeting the unique needs of union members and their families. Affordable auto insurance with driver’s education grants is also available.

Union Plus Scholarships

In the past 25 years, union members and their children have received more than four million dollars from Union Plus scholarships.

Travel and Entertainment

Travel should be fun—but it also can be a bargain with travel discounts on car rentals, entertainment, theme parks and more.