The Union Difference

Why You Need a Union

Through unions, workers join together to win better wages, benefits and a voice on the job – and good union jobs mean stronger communities. Unions lead the fight today for better lives for working people. Union members have also been on the front lines of the fight for civil rights. Unions give workers a voice at work to bargain as a group for benefits such as non-discrimination protections and domestic partner benefits. A unionized worker earns better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 30 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.

The Union Difference

  • A legally-binding union contract is often the only protection LGBT workers have to fight employment discrimination. In a majority of states, workers can be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
  • Collective bargaining raises wages — especially for women and people of color. By bargaining collectively, union members are able to negotiate higher wages.
  • Unions help bring low-wage workers out of poverty.  Union members in low-wage occupations on average earn a great deal more than nonunion workers in the same occupations, often lifting their earnings above the official poverty level.

What Is A Constituency Group?

The AFL-CIO’s constituency groups are officially recognized organizations that serve as unions’ bridge to diverse communities, creating and strengthening partnerships to enhance the standard of living for all workers and their families. The groups also promote the full participation of women and minorities in the union movement and ensure unions hear and respond to the concerns of the communities we represent.