Improve your life at home and work–Join a Union!

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Start a Union

Joining with your colleagues in a union at your workplace offers many benefits. On the job, your union brings together the collective strength of you and your co-workers to insure meaningful negotiations with management for an equitable contract. Negotiations are not limited to only wages and salaries, but can also include staffing and overtime, safety and health, cost of living raises, provisions for continuing education and professional development, adequate pensions, vacations, equitable promotion systems and transfer policies, and a workable grievance system. Through your union, you and your co-workers oversee carrying out the provisions of the contract.

The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the umbrella organization for 57 U.S. labor unions representing 12 million workers. The AFL-CIO recommends the following steps for starting a union:

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