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Why a Union?

Unions Make a Difference in Our Lives

Members of a union come together to bargain for improvements in their collective agreements. You help decide what is bargained for. Commonly, locals bargain for: higher wages, better benefits, better pensions, longer vacations, and paid sick time.

Unions raise the standard for everyone in your community. As you bargain for better working conditions, all workers reap the rewards: non-union workers’ wages are forced to remain competitive in order to attract employees.

For example, collective bargaining is responsible for:

  • The five-day work week;
  • Employment insurance;
  • Minimum wage;
  • Health & safety regulations and workers’ compensation;
  • Job security;
  • Sick, family, and parental leaves.

Unions add democracy and respect to the workplace by giving workers a voice.

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