Unions provide the responsible, united voice, which gives millions of wage and salary earners their proper share of participation in American industrial democracy. In states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.

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

If there is no Union at your workplace or if there is a so-called “independent” association of employees not joined to the AFL-CIO, call Toll Free the Utility Workers Union Organizing Department at (888) 843-8982.
1300 L Street, NW #1200
Washington, DC 20005

If the Utility Workers Union represents some of the employees at your Company, and now you and other non-Union employees wish to join us, please contact the UWUA Local Union Officer, or the National Union at the above address. Join with us for a better life!

bob-houserBob Houser
National Director
Call Us, Toll Free: (888) THE-UWUA /(888) 843-8982
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The Union Difference

  • While only 19 percent of nonunion workers have guaranteed pensions, fully 78 percent of union workers do.
  • More than 84 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but only 64 percent of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
  • 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.

Overall, union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 28 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.

Know Your Rights

Federal and state laws guarantee the right to form unions! Eligible employees* have the right to express their views on unions, to talk with their co-workers about their interest in forming a union, to wear union buttons, to attend union meetings and in many other ways to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association.

Despite these laws, many employers strongly resist their employees’ efforts to gain a voice at work through unionization. So, before you start talking union where you work, get in touch with a union that will help you organize.

*Supervisors and a few other kinds of employees customarily are excluded from coverage. For more information, see specific laws covering your position or contact a union organizer as described below.

Find Out About the UWUA

The Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (UWUA) is one of the most successful and progressive unions in all of the labor movement. We have over 50,000 members working in the electric, gas, water, and nuclear industries across the United States.

Our influence is not just felt by our numbers; it is recognized that the UWUA is both innovative and relentless in our interest in and ability to protect utility jobs, and the wages, benefits and working conditions that our members enjoy in their jobs. We are committed to a job well done and dedicated to improving the lives of our UWUA members and their families, indeed, all working families.

The UWUA knows that our strength lies with our membership, so every decision we make, every negotiation we take part in, and every initiative we put in place is done with the advancement and well being of thousands of UWUA members, retirees and their families in mind. We have invested a great deal of time and money in a variety of programs, such as safety and health training, legislative affairs, and benefits plans, so that our members will be protected on the job and in their paychecks.

We are extremely proud of the great advancements the UWUA has made over the past 65 years and very excited about what will surely be a bright and prosperous future.