Forming a Union at your workplace is the most effective way to have a real voice in your working conditions, wages, and benefits and to improve the standard of living for you and your family.
Union workers earn 30 percent more money than non-union workers, and 44 percent more when you include the total compensation of such as healthcare and other benefits.
The union advantage is clear. Organizing more workers strengthens our union and leads to better contracts for our members. Our communities benefit from good jobs with generous compensation. United we are a powerful voice for justice in the workplace. Together we can maintain the high standards that allow workers to prosper across many different industries.
You Are the Union:
In the United Food and Commercial Workers, you are the union. You come together with your coworkers to organize, you nominate and elect union officers, and you determine the working conditions and issues that you want to see bargained with your employer. As a member of the UFCW, you will be part of a larger movement that improves the lives of working men and women in the workplace and in our communities.
The more workers that join together in a workplace, the greater their collective voice will be heard by management. Without a union you have little say over your wages, benefits and working conditions. Without a contract, those things can be changed at your employer’s discretion. With a union, you enjoy numerous wages and benefits guaranteed in a union contract, such as:
1. Negotiated wages, health care and retirement plans
2. Defined work schedules
3. Grievance procedures
4. Reasonable workload requirements
5. Protection from unfair treatment and favoritism
6. Job security and seniority rights
7. And a voice on the job to bargain for other benefits
How Do I Get Started?
The first step is to form a committee among the workers with representatives from each department and shift. The committee’s job is to attend meetings and educate themselves about the Union. Then they can educate their co-workers, and help dispel false information spread by management.
Next, employees must sign cards stating they want to be represented by UFCW. After a majority of workers have signed up, the Union can ask the employer to recognize the Union, or file a petition for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
When the Union files for an election, then the employees have a chance to vote for Union representation in a secret ballot election. If the Union wins a majority of votes then the Union can begin the process of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, also known as a contract.
For more information on organizing in your workplace, email Hugh Stephens or call (208) 367-9305 .