Thursday, June 25, 2015

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

Huffington Post
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.

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