Why Unions?

Unions give men and women a voice on the job and together, they help negotiate for better pay, fair benefits, higher standards, and just treatment. But unions don’t just support their own members – be they blue collar factory workers, teachers, actors, or athletes–they are dedicated to using their political and economic resources to raise the floor for everyone who works for a living.

Unions today:

  • Reduce wage inequality. Without unions, there would be no minimum wage! And unions lift wages for entire industries, benefiting union members and non-members alike.
  • Help keep workers and their families healthy. Nearly 80 percent of unionized workers receive employer-provided health insurance, compared with 49 percent of non-union workers. And unions fight to make sure workers in dangerous industries have the training and safety equipment they need.
  • Support local economic development. In partnerships with employers, community organizations, and local governments, unions have helped revitalize local economies by saving and expanding family-supporting jobs.
  • Are crucial in passing legislation benefiting all workers. Just a few laws unions helped pass to help all of America’s workers include the Fair Minimum Wage Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Want to learn more about the value of unions?  Check out American Rights at Work’s fact sheet.