How do Unions Work2018-11-22T06:31:04+00:00

How Do Unions Work

A labor or trade union is an organization of workers dedicated to protecting members’ interests and improving wages, hours and working conditions for all.
No matter what you do for a living, there’s a union with members who do the same thing. Unions represent:
• mechanics, teachers,factory workers,office workers,actors,musicians,police officers,construction workers,airline pilots, plumbers,doctors,pharmacists,IT/computer professionals,government workers at all levels,engineers,writers,nurses, and many more types of workers.

Unions work like a democracy. They hold elections for officers who make decisions on behalf of members, giving workers more power on the job.

How to form a union:

  1. It starts with the formation of a bargaining unit,  a group represented by a union for dealing with an employer.
  2. It is legal for employers to try to persuade employees not to unionize. However, it is illegal for an employer to prevent employees from unionizing through threats, violence, and other coercive action.
  3. An employer is required by law to bargain in good faith with a union, although an employer is not required to agree to any particular terms. Once an agreement is reached through negotiations, a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is signed.
  4. After a CBA is signed, an employer can’t change details of the agreement without the union representative’s approval. The CBA lasts for a set period of time with the union monitoring to assure the employer abides by the contract. To learn more about collective bargaining and how unions work.
  5. As with many other organizations, union costs are paid by member dues that typically cost about k2000 a month. Most unions have paid staff to manage their operations. While some staff may be paid by union dues, members also often volunteer.