36 Things Unions have done for ALL workers from http://www.unionplus.org
Weekends without work
All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination
8-hour work day
Child labor laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40-hour work week
Workers' compensation (workers' comp)
Workplace safety standards and regulations
Employer health care insurance
Collective bargaining rights for employees
Wrongful termination laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
Whistleblower protection laws
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
Sexual harassment laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
Pregnancy and parental leave
The right to strike
Public education for children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
Laws ending sweatshops in the United States
Don't just be a cog!
What can you do?
Join a Union
Get Involved/Attend Meetings
Volunteer for a Committee
Organize Labor events
Contact your local politicians about issues that affect your Union
There are many reasons that your Union can help make your work life better - but it starts with you. The Union wasn't started by any company or politician.
The Union was started by workers who were treated poorly, paid poorly and tossed aside when they got sick. You may think those things don't happen today, but they still do. If you are lucky enough to already be covered by a union contract, don't take it for granted.
There are many forces out there who are using their vast wealth to influence courts and politicians to abolish the small gains your past union members have made for you. It has been happening state by state. Don't let it happen to yours. Get involved and protect what you have, or you'll lose it!