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What Is A Labor Union?36 Reasons to Thank a Union

A labor or trade union is an organization of workers dedicated to protecting members’ interests and improving wages, hours and working conditions for all. (

Who are Union Members?

There are over 60 unions representing over 14 million workers throughout the country.

Benefits of Belonging to a Union

Higher pay, better benefits, and a voice on the job.

How do Unions Work?

Unions work like a democracy.  They hold elections for officers who make decisions on behalf of members, giving workers more power on the job.

36 Reasons to Thank a Union (Even if You Don’t Belong to One)
June 22, 2011 by Daniel Nichols

  1. Weekends
  2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  3. Paid Vacation
  4. FMLA
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum Wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  9. 8-Hour Work Day
  10. Overtime Pay
  11. Child Labor Laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40 Hour Work Week
  14. Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  18. Employer Health Care Insurance
  19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  20. Wrongful Termination Laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  22. Whistleblower Protection Laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  26. Sexual Harassment Laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday Pay
  29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  30. Privacy Rights
  31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  32. Military Leave
  33. The Right to Strike
  34. Public Education for Children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States



Keep in mind:

  • Your Union brothers and sisters are here to help and we ask that before going to management for any issues, to please first reach out to your Union Stewards or Grievance Committee members with any questions and/or concerns.  You will find your Committee member’s phone numbers for your airline under the “Grievance Committee” tab on this website.
  • In addition, a list of Union Shop Stewards for both above- and below-the-wing may be found by clicking on the “Member Services” tab.  (Should the occasion arise, do not, under any circumstances, meet with management without a Union steward; a steward will ensure that management is adhering to your contract.)
  • All union contracts are located under the “Current Contracts” tab should you need to reference work rules, pay guidelines, holiday and DAT information, benefit information or any other concerns/questions you have about your contract.
  • The dates and times for our LL1886 2018 meetings are accessed by clicking on the “Member Services” tab and on the “Calendar” tab.  Your attendance is encouraged and welcomed and is a great opportunity for you to meet your Union Committee persons, your Union Shop Stewards, your fellow employees and to learn how a Union functions.  Hope to see you there!
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