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What you should know about Unions

Why You Need a Union

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.

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.

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:



There is strength in numbers!  Employers are more likely to listen to a strong union group during negotiations, and that can translate to higher wage settlements, increased benefits etc. You have a voice!  As a member, you are involved in the creation of your Union Contract through proposal meetings and voting.
The real purpose of right to work laws is to tilt the balance toward big corporations and further rig the system at the expense of working families. These laws make it harder for working people to form unions and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
Employees have the right to attempt to form a union where none currently exists. Examples of employee rights include: Forming, or attempting to form, a union in your workplace; Joining a union whether the union is recognized by your employer or not; Assisting a union in organizing your fellow employees; Refusing to do any or all of these things; and Having the right to be fairly represented by a union.

Page Last Updated: Jul 27, 2018 (10:59:21)
IUOE Local 70
2722 County Rd. D East
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

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