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From the AFL-CIO

People who work for a living know about the inequality of power between employers and employees. Workers want to form unions so they can have a voice on the job to improve their lives, their families and their communities.

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.

Higher union wages translate into stronger tax bases for our communities, better schools and infrastructures and healthier local economies. And when workers have a real say in their hours and working conditions, that means they can spend more quality time with their families.

Unions help make sure our nation prioritizes working people's issues: unions hold corporations accountable, make workplaces safe, protect Social Security and retirement, fight for quality health care and ensure that working people have time to spend with their families.

All workers deserve to make a free and fair decision on whether to form a union.

Why People Join Unions
A union is a group of workers who come together to win respect on the job, better wages and benefits, more flexibility for work and family needs and a voice in improving the quality of their products and services. Workers in unions counter-balance the unchecked power of employers.

  • Unions 101
    A "crash course" in what unions are all about. Also available as a downloadable flier.
  • The Union Difference
    Union members earn more money, have better benefits, are more productive and have greater job security than nonunion workers. Get the details about this "union advantage" that uplifts working families every day.
  • 'Why I Joined a Union'
    Workers tell what their unions mean to them.
  • Who Is Joining Unions?
    News about who is joining unions, from the AFL-CIO's weekly e-letter Work in Progress

How People Form Unions

Statistic on Union Membership
Workers are forming unions in every industry, state and type of job. Get the latest statistics about union membership.

Union Summer
Interns are tackling social and economic injustice—and sampling life as union organizers.

Organizing Institute
If you're energetic, passionate and committed, check out this paid training and placement program for union organizers.


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