Georgia-Carolina Pipe Trades
A labor union is an organization that acts as a mediator between its members and signatory contractors. Workers are able to negotiate for more favorable working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.
Collective bargaining is the core of the labor union. Collective bargaining occurs when a group of people come together to raise negotiating abilities. For example, company compliance with suggestions for new safety measures can be easily overlooked if only submitted by a single worker. However, when the entire workforce sees the need for the new measure and teams up to pressure the company for its acceptance there is greater chance of compliance. Labor unions band workers together, drawing attention to the voice of the individual worker. Union workers typically elect representatives to bring attention to any issues or concerns in the workplace.
One of the best advantages of being a union worker is better wages compared to non-union workers. Not including benefits, union workers enjoy 20 percent wage increase compared to non union workers. Union workers are also more likely enjoy consistent pay raises. Collective bargaining helps union representatives and employers set a clear understanding regarding wages and pay. Non-union contractors aren’t subjected to any formal bargaining and therefore can set wages where they see fit.
Some of the benefits that union workers enjoy include health, retirement, and paid sick leave. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 77 percent of union workers get pensions (guaranteed continued payments) upon retirement, compared to 20 percent of non-union workers.
Union representatives are another key benefit of being a union worker. When an issue arises that needs to be addressed, rather than speaking to the HR department that is tied to your company, your union representative acts as a liaison to help resolve the issue.
Standard of Excellence
The Union Industry has nearly 15 times fewer accidents then the U.S. National construction average. The safety of your job site is of great importance to all of our UA Members, and we make sure their training supports that goal. Through OSHA Compliance and un-matched hours of training, our members are able to provide the highest quality of work and a safer job site for your projects.