What Unions Do
By joining together, working women and men gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work about the issues they care about. They negotiate a contract with their employer for things like a fair and safe workplace, better wages, a secure retirement, and family-friendly policies such as paid sick leave and scheduling hours.
Unions provide collective support to their members through strength in numbers. Collective bargaining is the process by which working people, through their unions, negotiate contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, ways to balance work and family, and more. Collective bargaining is a way to solve workplace problems.
“ We are working members for working families. That’s really where our heart is.”
-Chris Tongay, Secretary-Treasurer at Local 688