Labor Unions: The Cons And Social Benefits Of Labor Unions

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Labor unions were originally formed with the intent of protecting the worker from terrible working conditions, unexplained dismissal, and fair wages. Before labor unions, workers were cheated out of money they rightfully earned, and workers are almost always at risk of losing their jobs and possible benefits. It can be difficult to decide which is better for both Union and nonunion workers are pleased with each. While some people believe that nonunion workers benefit more than the union workers, union members Unions most benefit the economy and the population as a whole because members receive better wages, more job security, and better benefits. Unions provide noticeably higher wages of their members as opposed to nonunion members. Union …show more content…
The most common benefits are sick leave, vacation time, and holidays. This means that you can take certain days off from your job, but still receive a full day’s pay with no penalty. These benefits are also in place so that if you got hurt on the job, your benefits from your job and union membership will not make you responsible for all of the medical bills you would owe. About “93 percent of unionized workers were entitled to medical benefits compared to 69 percent of their nonunion peers” (“Pros and Cons of Union Jobs”). This statistic shows that more union workers take advantage of the benefits they are offered. Union workers typically take advantage of the benefits they are offered because they are better compared to the benefits of nonunion workers and there are more of them. Nonunion benefits are not the best, which leads to less people seizing the opportunity that their job provides in regards to their benefits. Union workers are clearly offered better benefits and the workers accept them more often since they appeal to them …show more content…
This group of people feels differently about not being a member of a union than union members feel about not being a part of a union. Nonunion workers benefit more because seniority does not apply to them in regards to promotions. For example, in a workplace of union members, promotions are given strictly based on seniority. In a nonunion workplace, seniority does not matter when an employer is deciding on who to give a promotion to. Nonunion workers find the union method of seniority over ability is not fair, which is one of the reasons they are not members of a union. “In non-unionized workplaces, the owners and managers can choose to promote an employee based on ability and potential, rather than time in the business. Merit-based promotions can prove very effective in moving talent into a position that benefits the business” ("The Advantages of a Non-Unionized Workplace."). This is all beneficial to the nonunion worker, however, the union promotion system most benefits the employers as well as the workers. With the seniority rule in place at unions, it ensures that the people who have been with the union the longest do not lose their job for no reason, and reward them for their long time commitment to the union and company in which they are employed. Although non-unionization favors the worker in terms of promotions, however, it is unionization that favors both the worker and the employer with

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