We workers take a job for a simple reason: to take care of ourselves and our families to the best of our abilities. And in exchange for our labor, our time and our skills, we demand that our employers provide:
- A voice on the job
- Fair treatment, pay and benefits
- A safe place to work
- Respect on the job
- An opportunity to better our skills and value
But employers often have different priorities, like making higher profits and pleasing shareholders.
They may be indifferent to our needs and exploit us or devalue what we give up to make the company prosperous. They may show favoritism, pay us less than we deserve and fail to protect us from the dangers of the workplace.
By forming a union, we empower ourselves to negotiate with the employer as a group for our legal rights and our fair share of the profits we help create. We enter into a binding legal contract that spells out working conditions, pay and benefits.
Unions help build and protect the middle class. When unions are strong, America is strong.