Life is better in a union.

The numbers tell the story: Union members make more money, have more reliable health care coverage and retire with financial security. Because we stand together, we have the power to negotiate for the wages and benefits we have earned.

But being in a union is about more than just pay and benefits. It’s about respect for the work we do. It's about being safe and protected on the job. It's about having the resources and training to do our jobs well. And it’s about always having someone to turn to if something's not right.

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The Facts

Because union members sit down with management to negotiate our contracts, and because we stand together, we almost universally make more money and have better benefits.

Union members make
18.2%
more
than non-union workers.

Among minorities, the difference is even more stark because union membership reduces the wage gap.

23.8% More $
$
Women Women
39.2% More $
$
African-Americans African-Americans
26.0% More $
$
African-Americans Hispanic Americans

96% of union members have access to a health care plan

69% of non-union workers have access to a health care plan

It's not just basic health care – union members have better access to supplemental benefits, too.

56%
24%
Access to Vision Benefits
74%
50%
Access to Dental Benefits
93%
67%
Access to Prescription Benefits

94% of union members have access to retirement benefits

67% of non-union workers have access to retirement benefits