Advantages of Working Union
Being part of the union and working for a union contractor generally means higher pay, regular raises, better fringe benefits and a collective bargaining agreement that spells out term and conditions on the job. With the union, you’ll have access to:
- Participate in tuition-free training and upgrade classes for carpenters, floor coverers, millwrights and pile drivers
- Learn on-the-job, in classrooms and on the training floor, so you start making money right away
- Benefit from our 16 state-of-the-art training centers
- Gain well-rounded skills you can rely on throughout your life
Assistance finding work
- Leverage our network of more than 1,500 union contractor employers through our six-state region
- Utilize our automated job referral system, MIX 2020, to find work
- Receive accelerated entry if you’re a U.S. military veteran
- Take your skills and network with you, even if you move to a different state or city
A say in your contracts and working conditions
- Cast an advisory vote on your own contract
- Have peace of mind knowing union jobsites are among the safest
Professional development and leadership training
- Participate in ongoing professional development and leadership training
- Work with mentors on skills and career development
- Make new friends and be part of a hardworking team
Strength in Numbers
Belonging to a union means you are not alone if your boss wants to fire you, pays you late, refuses to pay you overtime, unilaterally cuts your pay or plays favorites. You are not on your own if your boss tries to deny you the workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance you have earned.
We have a sophisticated job referral system to help you find work with various contractors, so you don’t have to be tied to the peaks and valleys of one company’s fortunes. If times are tough, you can even work for union contractors anywhere in the United States without losing benefits coverage or having to start from scratch.
Because of our strength in numbers and ability to participate in collective bargaining, Union construction workers earn, on average, 60 percent more than nonunion workers doing the same kinds of jobs, according to the federal government.
What does that mean in real dollars? Union construction workers earn an average of $376 more each week than nonunion construction workers. That’s $9.40 more an hour. To put it another way, the typical nonunion construction worker must be on the clock almost 13 hours a day to earn what the typical union construction worker earns in 8 hours.
Union Fringe Benefits
In addition to higher wages, union workers typically have more benefits and typically pay less out of pocket for those benefits. In our region, most members have family health insurance, prescription drug coverage, dental insurance, vision coverage, a pension, disability pay, a death benefit and a savings plan.