July - Aug Issue
July 03, 2014

20 ways your union membership matters

Source: NYSUT United

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Being part of a union — a part of NYSUT — can positively impact the quality of life for you and your family.

Your membership is buoyed by the power of a collective voice that, at its heart, works to ensure the general good and fulfill the promise of a strong and healthy middle class.

As attacks against unions and public education inten­sify, our biggest asset is the solidarity of our members.

Better pay, wider access to affordable health coverage, safer working conditions and retirement security are just some of the obvious benefits of union membership.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, has determined that union workers are paid $200 more than the weekly median pay of non-union workers performing the same job. Unionized work­ers are also 28 percent more likely to be covered by employer-provided health insur­ance and 54 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions, according to the Economic Policy Institute

Yet even more fulfilling is the opportunity to have your voice, your opinion and your values heard, shared and put to work to im­prove society and pave the way for a better future for generations to come.

NYSUT members are always there to help their students, patients and communities, volunteering their time, raising money and donating goods to help those in need.

In turn, your union is at your service in myriad ways. Download complete page. (522k pdf)