If you're like most people, you have heard of unions. However, if you have never worked at a company that has unions, you may not be sure what to expect when you are finally able to join one. If you're wondering why someone would join a union, here are some member services you may enjoy when you join.
Studies continue to show that companies with unions are able to negotiate higher pay for employees. If you're in a union, you may find that over time, you make about 30% more than someone who is not a member of the union.
As a member of a union, it's important to be aware that you will be responsible for union dues. These dues are typically low, and are agreed upon by members.
Advocacy at Work
When you are not a union worker, you must handle grievances with managers on your own. If you are facing disciplinary action, you have to accept whatever is dictated by your supervisor. However, when you belong to a union, should you have a problem at work with a supervisor, you can enlist the help of your union representative to find a solution. If you are being disciplined for a work-related incident, you have the right to have your representative present to negotiate on your behalf and make sure that you are treated fairly. If you continue to have problems, because you are a member, the union will typically help you retain legal services, in some cases free of charge.
Because you have an advocate at work, that leads to better job security. While you won't have an excuse to do your work poorly, you can be confident that you won't be let go without cause, or be at the mercy of unfair bosses during your work day.
A union membership can provide you with benefits that extend beyond your job. Because a union represents a large group of people, it can able to negotiate group discounts on insurance, credit clinics, car rental services, retail stores and many other things. If you wish, you can ask for a list of discounts that the union can offer you before deciding to become a member.
Joining a union can be a good thing for your career and your life. Now that you understand some of the benefits a union can offer you, talk to the union representative to find out more about additional benefits you may receive when you join. (For more information, contact Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union Local 378 union resources.)