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Why You Need A Union
Sep 28, 2022

Many of us started right where you are.

"I was afraid and without a voice, looking for security and recognition.  I knew my boss could and would replace me at any moment  with or without justification because like all unorganized employees, I was an "at will employee" - his will. One of the most fearful things I ever did was contact the Union and ask for help.  I was afraid someone would see me talking with them.

Today I am so grateful for standing up for myself and my co-workers.  Through organizing we found  a community of fellow workers and a voice for justice and decency.  Today, I am not afraid and through my Union - I have a voice." 

Here's the reality of being represented

Working people in all walks of life join together in unions to gain a voice at work. Union members have a say about pay, benefits, working conditions and how their jobs get done—and having that say gives them a union advantage.

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who are not 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.

Many people don't know a lot about Labor Unions.  This section of the Local 70 IUOE website will be useful in gathering information on the value and place of Unions in United States today.

If you do not have a union at your job, find out more about how to form one. Today, more people are taking the step to form unions on the job than at any time in recent history. You can be one of them!

As you learn and have additional information you would like to have or if you would like to meet with representatives of Local 70, please feel free to call us at 651-646-4566 or by emailing us at:


IUOE Local 70
2722 County Rd. D East
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

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