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What Unions Do

Unions begin with YOU.

When working people come together, they make things better for everyone. Joining together in a union enables workers to negotiate for higher wages and benefits and improve conditions in the workplace. There are millions of union members in America from all walks of life. These individuals know that by speaking up together, you can accomplish more than you could on your own. Furthermore, the freedom to join a union is recognized internationally as a fundamental human right, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Better Benefits

Better Living

Union workers typically have better benefits and more consistent schedules that allow them to have better control of their lives. Safe and just workplaces are what is possible when we all stand together.

  • Union Workers earn a median of 25% more than non-union employees25%

Better Wages

Union workers earn higher wages and get more benefits than workers who don’t have a union.

The average union worker makes a median salary 25% higher than a non-union employee doing the same work. Unions also help to remedy discrimination in the workplace. This salary margin is even higher for African Americans and women, who earn 30% higher, and still higher for Latinos who earn nearly 45% more than their non-union counterparts.

A VOICE in the workplace.

A Voice

Workers need a voice in the workplace for two reasons. First, as the worker, they deserve a chance to have a say in decisions that affect the quality of products they make and services they deliver. Secondly, they deserve a way to counter-balance the power of their employer. Unions allow workers to have that voice through negotiation of a fair contract.

A UFCW Local 152 member slicing meat

Being part of our union family introduces many opportunities:

  • Free College for members and family members. (Yes! Really!)
  • Member-exclusive discounts to theme parks, auto, restaurants, movie tickets, gifts, and much more
  • Local discounts to places like Six Flags Great Adventure, Morey’s Piers, and Adventure Aquarium
  • Hardship Help: we have a program that helps only fellow UFCW Local 152 members in times of crisis
  • Scholarships: we have our own scholarship program for members and dependents
  • Free classes: Earn your GED or learn a new language at your own pace

This all sounds great, but I have some questions.

If the union wins, are we guaranteed that we will retain everything we presently have?

YOU are the union; would you negotiate a contract that contains lower wages and benefits? No way! Under federal law, you cannot lose any benefits you presently have for organizing with UFCW Local 152. You negotiate your contract with a professional from the local union.

Can I lose what I presently have without a union contract?

YES! Under state law you are an employee at will. Your employer can change the terms and conditions of your employment at any time, through the sole discretion of management. There is no safety without a binding union contract.

What about dues?

You will not pay dues until you and your coworkers vote to accept your union contract. After that, your union dues will only be $9.00 per week – a small price to pay when you consider the countless benefits of joining the union.

What about initiation fees?

If you are presently employed at the facility, you will NOT pay an initiation fee. Only those hired after the signing of the contract will pay this fee.

The Negotiating Committee of Barclays rehabilitation

Part of the Negotiating Committee at Barclays Rehabilitation.

Recent Success

Our newest members of UFCW Local 152 are the CNAs, Housekeeeprs, and Dietary Assistants from Barclays Center for Rehabilitation in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Their first contract, a five-year agreement, introduces many new perks for our members that they would not have received without UFCW Local 152 representation. Perhaps most importantly, these members are no longer “at-will employees” and can only be disciplined or discharged for just cause. Next, seniority (length of service) now matters for times when these members bid on jobs, apply for overtime shift availability, accrue vacation time, etc. These new union members will now be provided with a $15,000 life insurance policy, have guaranteed wage increases every year for the life of this contract, and receive free uniforms (shirts and pants) – three things they would have never received if not for the ratification. Read more about Barclays first contract.

If they can do it, why not YOU?

Take the first step.

Are you ready to make a change at your workplace? Fill out the form below to learn more about joining UFCW Local 152.

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