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LABOR UNIONS. Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator Herkimer BOCES. Long ago we stated the reason for labor organizations. We said that union was essential to give laborers opportunity to deal on an equality with their employers. – US Supreme Court. Can you answer these questions?.

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labor unions

LABOR UNIONS

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

Herkimer BOCES

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Long ago we stated the reason for labor

organizations. We said that union was

essential to give laborers opportunity to

deal on an equality with their employers.

–US Supreme Court

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

can you answer these questions
Can you answer these questions?
  • What is a union?
  • What are the advantages of joining a union?
  • What are the disadvantages of joining a union?
  • Do you have to join a union?
  • What trades/professions are represented by unions?

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

what is a labor union
What is a labor union?
  • Main Entry:
    • labor union
  • Function:
    • noun
  • Date:
    • 1866
  • an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members' interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

the national labor relations act
The National Labor Relations Act
  • Established in 1935
  • Guarantees non-supervisory employees the rights to:
    • Organize a union
    • Choose their own representatives
    • Bargain collectively for improved working conditions

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

benefits of labor unions
A binding contract

Higher wages

Better benefits

Greater job security

Health and safety

Grievance procedures

Special member services

Benefits of Labor Unions

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

how do unions work
How Do Unions Work?
  • A union
    • Is a democratic organization of member workers
    • Provides strength in numbers
    • Provides worker representation
    • Negotiates a contract (collective bargaining agreement)
    • Approves a contract through the vote of its members

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

member responsibilities
Member Responsibilities
  • Pay periodic dues
  • Elect a slate of officers
  • Vote on contracts
  • Solidarity

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

why join a union
Why join a union?
  • Wage advantage – 30% higher wages
  • Healthcare advantage – 63% greater coverage
  • Pension advantage – 386% greater coverage
  • Disability benefits advantage – 77% greater coverage
  • Paid-time-off advantage – 28% more paid days off

**US Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics 2006**

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

are there disadvantages
Are there disadvantages?
  • Common union complaints include
    • Cost of dues (most common)
    • Improper or poor representation
    • Lack of incentives to membership

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

is union membership required
Is union membership required?
  • Depends upon the relationship detailed in the collective bargaining agreement
    • Open shop – no need to join or pay dues
    • Agency shop – no need to join, but you will have to pay the same dues as members
    • Closed shop – membership is required as is payment of dues

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

trades professions represented
Actors

Airline Pilots

Musicians

Civil Service Employees

Teachers

Postal workers

Bakers/confectioners

Trades/Professions Represented

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

trades professions represented cont d
Trades/Professions Represented(cont’d)
  • Fire Fighters
  • Electrical Workers
  • Painters
  • Engineers
  • Bricklayers
  • Police
  • Nurses
  • Auto workers

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

trades professions represented cont d14
Trades/Professions Represented(cont’d)
  • Sheetmetal workers
  • Writers
  • Mine workers
  • Elevator constructors
  • Railroad workers
  • Corrections officers
  • Communications workers
  • And many, many more!!

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

can you answer these questions now
Can you answer these questions now?
  • What is a union?
  • What are the advantages of joining a union?
  • What are the disadvantages of joining a union?
  • Do you have to join a union?
  • What trades/professions are represented by unions?

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator

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Questions?

MASALA

Assignment:

Working in groups of four, answer the questions on the handout. Each member should be prepared to stand and present to the class the answers to each of these questions.

Anthony Masala

amasala@herkimer-boces.org

(315) 867-2001 ext.3036

Room C20-A @

The Career Tech Center

Anthony Masala, WBL Coordinator