Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren't union members. On average, union workers' wages are 30 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts. While only 14 percent of nonunion workers have guaranteed pensions, fully 68 percent of union workers do. More than 97 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but only 85 percent of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce-where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
(aflcio.org, Why You Need a Union, http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/why/index.cfm?elink, 7-28-10)
KNOW YOUR WEINGARTEN RIGHTS!
Weingarten rights guarantee an employee the right to union representation during an investigatory interview (or meeting) by the employer. If the interview could in any way lead to the employee being disciplined or terminated, or affect his or her working conditions, he or she should respectfully request that a union representative or officer be present at the meeting. If representation is requested and denied, the employee may choose not to answer any questions.
A union of teachers, specialists, nurses, directors, house/assistant principals, and paraprofessionals working/caring for the students in the Malden Public Schools.
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