BENEFITS OF JOINING THE IBEW
Without a union in your workplace, you do not have the ability to bargaining collectively. This means that you will be alone when trying to negotiate your wages and benefits. Although the company may say this does not make much of a difference, the information below shows that union workers earn more and have better benefits.
UNION WAGES IN 2010
- Union members make $200, or 28 percent, more in weekly wages than those who were not represented by unions.
- Female union members make $217, or 34 percent, more in weekly wages than non-union.
- African American union members make 31 percent more than non-union workers.
- Latinos make 40 percent more as union members than when they are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
UNION WAGES CANADA
- The statistics for Canadian union members are equally impressive.
- Union members earned $188, or 22 percent, more in weekly wages than those who were nonunion.
- Union members have access to retirement benefits 26 percent more often than nonunion.
- They also have access to health insurance more than 90 percent of the time, whereas nonunion workers have access less than 70 percent of the time.
- In addition to the availability of health insurance, employers pay 10 percent more of the premium to union employees compared to nonunion.