“Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.”
National Labor Relations Act, 1935
Prior to the National Labor Relations Act workers often worked 60 hours a week, were not paid for overtime work, didn’t get paid vacations and had no pensions. There was no standard that had to be met for working conditions, and children as young as 12 years old toiled in factories.
The formation of unions changed all that, giving us the 40 hour work week, disability insurance, safety regulations, overtime pay and child labor laws, plus many more benefits.
Working within the union framework you are guaranteed:
- Fair wages
- Excellent retirement benefits
- Health benefits funded by your employer
- Access to nationwide job referrals
- Continuing education
- A voice in how your union is governed and your rights on the jobsite
Know your rights!