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Reasons You Should Join SEA/SEIU Local 1984

If you’re asking yourself, “Why should I join SEA/SEIU Local 1984?” Consider this – when employees work together as a unified body they have far more negotiating power with their employer than they do individually. Statistically, those who work under a collective bargaining agreement earn more than their non-union counterparts. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members earned 23% more than their non-union counterparts.

A Collective Bargaining Agreement Is a Binding Contract

According to the National Labor Relations Act, once workers vote to become a union, the employer must negotiate a contract, otherwise known as a collective bargaining agreement, in good faith with the union.

Once the collective bargaining agreement is signed and in place, the employer can’t make any changes without first negotiating those changes with the union. An SEA Collective Bargaining Agreement spells out in writing such things as, wage rates, insurance, holiday pay, vacation time, and seniority. The contract also provides for such things as sick leave, jury duty, funeral leave, military service leave, hours of work, overtime, safety regulations, and conditions of employment.

A Union Changes Communications with Management

When employees of an organization form a union, a much better system for communicating with management is also formed.

Companies that have unions have a legal partnership between their employees and their managers. A lot of managers say that they have an open-door policy, but in reality the communication is frequently only from the top, down. Many SEA collective bargain contracts require a formal labor-management committee that meets regularly to find solutions to make the company and its employees stronger.

As you can see, by forming a union you and your co-workers can gain more rights on the job, better pay, benefits and working conditions, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that all the terms of your employment are secured by a collective bargaining agreement.

Ready to join us? You can access online and printable signup forms here, or you can call 271-3411.

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