Labor Day marks a time to celebrate America’s workers for all they do to keep America moving. President Kennedy once said “labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, unions have brought justice and democracy to the workplace.”
And, after decades of declining union membership and reckless anti-union rhetoric from corporate shills, workers are on the rise. It appears a new generation of workers have discovered that it is better in a union.
Standing together with coworkers in a union makes a tangible difference in our daily lives. And, after years of inequity and economic insecurity across occupations, we are seeing workers in every profession from video game developers and baristas to medical interns and veterinarians say ‘Enough is enough! We deserve better.’ And they do. We all do.
Union workers on average make 18 percent more than their nonunion counterparts. They are more likely to have healthcare benefits, safer working conditions, and job security. And they are generally more satisfied with their job. It is better in a union. And our futures are brighter when we work union.
As you can see in the recently negotiated contracts across our metal trades councils, we are securing better wages and benefits for our represented employees. We are helping families across North America afford the costs associated with inflation, save money for retirement, afford groceries, and seek out medical care when needed. We are providing a brighter future through collective bargaining.
President Biden and Vice President Harris have proven to be the most union-friendly administration in U.S. history and their efforts to craft legislation that supports workers has been reflected across the Metal Trades with historic contracts and federal wage improvements that allow our members to thrive, not just survive. It’s better in a union.
So, this Labor Day, I implore Metal Trades nation and unions from coast to coast to spread the word and show off your union pride. Join a parade, fly your union flag, and let America know: it is better in a union!
On behalf of the officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, I’d like to wish you a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. #ItsBetterInAUnion!