Why Union?

Someone posing as Rosie the Riveter

Because labor unions made these 36 things possible

  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including lunch breaks
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Sick leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII which prohibits employer discrimination
  9. Eight-hour work day
  10. Overtime pay
  11. Child labor laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40-hour work week
  14. Workers’ Compensation
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  18. Employer healthcare insurance
  19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  20. Wrongful termination laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  22. Whistleblower protection laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) which prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. 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 and 2011
  36. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States
    Source: CFT Why Union? Page

AFT + Member Benefits

The following websites take you to benefits that dues-paying members receive that pertain to travel, education and learning opportunities, finance, legal, staying healthy, discounts and shopping, insurance, and mortgages and home services.

(1) Benefits-at-a-glance ;

(2) Benefits booklet.