Working men and women are stronger when they are united at work

Becoming a member of SMART gives you a more powerful voice in your workplace. Whether you want to form a union at your workplace or you want to start a career as an apprentice, organizing is the most important way to raise the working and living standards of all working people. For those who are already members, organizing more workers will strengthen our union and our contracts, and builds our communities with good jobs while raising living standards for those who are unorganized. Union workers earn 30 percent more money than non-union workers, and 44 percent more when you include the total compensation of health and welfare benefits. The advantage is clear. Pensions, medical insurance, paid vacation, holidays, personal holidays, sick pay, overtime premium pay, penalty pay and shift differential are generally not only better in a union shop, often the only way to obtain them is through a union contract. A union contract gives employees the immediate right to insist on a safe work environment. Rather than having to petition a remote government agency in the hope that they come to your aid, as a union worker you can instantly grieve an unsafe condition. The safety provisions of a union contract guarantee immediate, hands-on control. besonAs a union worker you don’t have to put up with arbitrary decisions or harassment at work from your co-workers or management. You can still be fired for substandard performance, but you don’t have to tip-toe around in fear or be at the mercy of grossly incompetent managers or a supervisor who woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Because administering the provisions of a union contract requires a certain level of expertise, you tend to get better, more efficient bosses who have to act like professionals. The fact of the matter is that United, we are all a powerful voice for fairness and justice at work. howaunionworksTogether, we can protect the good jobs that workers need to achieve the goals they set for themselves and their families. Take the first step by contacting an organizer via jwhite@smart-union.org via a confidential email if you work in the transportation industry. Take the first step by contacting an organizer via a confidential email if you work in the construction or manufacturing industries. You can also learn about how a Union works. You can also contact us via 1-800-457-7694 extension 843