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Unions adventuretime3 Due September 29 (boy); ohio, OH, United States 833 posts
18th Aug

I work in a factory and there a bunch of people trying to unionize our workplace. I think it might be a good idea but I've never worked for a union and I really don't know how they operate. Also the company I work for has always been very anti-union. Can anyone enlighten me with some facts and/or opinions?

jessieblybly Due October 7 (girl); 2 kids; Delaware, OH, United States 248 posts
18th Aug


I worked for Kroger and they're unionized. I loved it. Its very hard to get fired from a union job. The benefits are better and you have a representative that fights for you if you feel wronged. I loved it.

* Clairebear * 1 child; Ireland 2692 posts
18th Aug

Not sure what they're like in the US but here, unionised jobs are a lot safer than those that aren't. I'm probably not the best person to give you any facts as I'm in a different country lol, but I will say that I'm really glad I joined my union when I did. I started my job in a completely new branch 5 years ago as did most of my colleagues. Without them fighting for us, recently we wouldve experienced severe staff cutbacks with mass redundancies, (no choice and no option for transfer, even if there were vacancies in other branches), pay cuts, abolishment of our bonuses, Sunday and public holiday pay (which has always been part of our contracts). Along with closing down branches without proper notice, again refusing to negotiate with staff who might be able to transfer elsewhere. It was a few scary months with all sorts of threats if we didnt cooperate with them. The union in the end planned all sorts of nationwide strikes and work to Rule days but as it happened, we were only on strike for one day before the company agreed to negotiate. They suffered a huge loss and I guess they realised we were serious. Not that any of us wanted to strike of course! We are definitely more secure now than we were. Oh and none of us got disciplined for striking either as we had the union protection. Those who aren't part of it either went into work or just didnt turn up. They wouldve been fired otherwise. 

LadyNector TTC since Jun 2014; 3 kids; Ontario, ON, Canada 17 posts
20th Aug

I'm from a different country but Union jobs are the way to go IMO. 

Better pay, more benefits in place.  They cannot fire you unless they have a legal legit reason. 
Having a union to represent it's employees for numerous things, like upping wages or medical benefits, workers rights etc.....

Here in Ontario a Union work place is what most people want. I refuse to work for any employers who are not Unionized. 
I'd Id rather have my rights protected then not. 

Lucid Dreamer Florida 3829 posts
21st Aug

I have worked for both union and non union jobs and I will say union jobs were the best. Like above they usually though not always get you better pay but the benefits are often really good with little or no cost to employees. Union often make better work enviroments and contract agreements prevent the company from changing rules. Getting fired is much harder. Usually the only way to be immediately terminated in a union shop is theft or fighting. The only disadvantage of union shops is no matter how good of a worker you are the pay rate is always the same as the other workers and if there is a layoff seniority rules regardless of employess who are either great workers or useless. OP as far as your company goes chances are they are going to find a way to fire the organizers. Generally antiunion companies go after the main people trying to start a union. You will have to try to all stick together. I hope it all goes well.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23109 posts
22nd Aug

Quoting adventuretime3:
I work in a factory and there a bunch of people trying to unionize our workplace. I think it might be a good idea but I've never worked for a union and I really don't know how they operate. Also the company I work for has always been very anti-union. Can anyone enlighten me with some facts and/or opinions?


Well, are great to to protect from abuses of managemmt .   If you don't have and abusive management, you are better off being your own person and getting ahead instead of  being part of a big herd.
when my last company unionized we lost a HIGE amount of business as we couldn't compete with the non-unionized competition.  Jobs were lost.  Guess what?   I do t work ther and thousands of jobs have vanished since mine went away.
look at Detroit.
unions killed the American car industry and the MOST prosperous city in the country.  
Dont support the move toward unions.

Alicia Holz 2 kids; Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 585 posts
24th Aug

My brother worked for a union job and after 89 days they fire people then hire them back after 2 days so they don't have to make them part of a union 

ⓝะ Due January 2; 1 child; SPRINGFIELD, OH, United States 369 posts
24th Aug

I've worked for one at Kroger and SO works for one now. I didn't see many benefits from mine, personally. I wasn't supposed to be scheduled without at least ten hours in between shifts and that never happened. I'd leave at 12 and have to be back in by 7. The pay was shit and getting a raise was rare. I paid initiation and dues before I was even a member. You can't get any hours and God forbid you get a minute of overtime.

SO pays more than I did but when he called off and they said he didn't, his union rep got the proof from him and essentially told them to can it. 

It can go both ways lol