Impacts

Unions give workers the power to negotiate for fair wages,

more favorable working conditions, and other benefits through collective bargaining. Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.

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The United States has long lagged behind other industrialized nations

in Collective Bargaining coverage for public- and private-sector workers. Yet the right to collectively bargain is essential so that working men and women have the strength to improve their living standards.

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Utilities are one of the few sectors with projected job growth

— 38% of electric and gas utility employees will retire in the next decade. Young utility workers are not gaining the skills necessary to replace a rapidly aging workforce. Projections indicate that by 2030 the energy sector overall, including transmission, storage, and distribution, will need an additional 1.5 million workers.

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To fix our ailing economy, start by fixing our decaying infrastructure

Fix the debt crisis by putting people back to work and allow America to compete by rebuilding our infrastructure. We must modernize our electric, gas and water systems to reverse the damage done by years of neglect by the market driven, deregulated industry.

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All workers deserve a living wage and secure retirements

While nearly 80% of union members have access to an employer-sponsored retirement program, the American Dream of a safe retirement is out of reach for most non-union workers. Only 18% of workers say they are very confident of having enough money to live comfortably in retirement.

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Sectors

UWUA in your field

The Utility Workers Union of America is one of the most successful and progressive unions in all of the labor movement. We represent over 50,000 members working in all 8 of these sectors and fields. If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of UWUA membership in your field, click the icons to learn more.

Why A Union?

The Union Difference

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren't union members.

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27%

Higher Wages

On average, union workers’ wages are 27% higher than their nonunion counterparts.

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60%

More Pensions

Unionized workers are 60% more likely to have employer-provided pensions.

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79%

Health Insurance

More than 79% of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of non-union workers do.

2017 Power for America Conference, Las Vegas Nevada

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Why Join a Union? Because They Work!

Team up with the Utility Workers Union and improve the quality of life for yourself and family.