June 23rd, 2015
It's well established that union members earn substantially more than
nonunion workers ($207 more a week), and are more likely to have health
care coverage and solid pensions. What is less well known are the
advantages that unions provide for all workers, not just those who
belong to unions.
It's a fact: We've been creating pathways to
the middle class for American workers for more than a century. Not only
in the higher pay that all workers get - whether they're union or not -
in areas where unions are strong. But also in rights and protections
that we fought to have enshrined in law.
On June 25, we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),
a landmark law signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. It introduced the
eight-hour day, the 40-hour week, and time-and-a-half payment for
overtime work beyond 40 hours. It also established a national minimum
wage and outlawed oppressive child labor.