WHY JOIN A UNION?

America’s working people are struggling to make ends meet, and our middle class is disappearing. The best opportunity for working men and women to get ahead economically is by uniting with co-workers to bargain with their employers for better wages and benefits. Workers who belong to unions earn 30 percent more than nonunion workers. They are 62 percent more likely to have employer-provided health coverage and four times more likely to have pensions.

More than half of U.S. workers—nearly 60 million—say they would join a union today if they could.

The Chicago Federation of Labor is the central labor council of the AFL-CIO. We represent over 300 local unions with jurisdiction in Cook County. These unions collectively represent approximately 500,000 working men and women employed in virtually every industry and trade in our area.

We can help you find the right local union that best matches your needs and the needs of your fellow employees.

© 2021 by The Chicago Federation of Labor

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