For many people, when they enter the workforce they end up working somewhere that has a union but they are not sure what a union does or why they need to join it. There are many things that people take for granted in the work place but that if it weren’t for unions, there is a good chance that we would not have . For instance, because of unions, women are paid the same as men for the same job. You would think that is something that would be a given but it isn’t.
Unions such as Teamsters 987 Canada, based out of Edmonton, fight to get their members paid breaks, higher wages and more holiday time or pensions. While some feel that a union is not beneficial for them, and something they shouldn’t need to join, if you do a bit of research into the specific union you are going to be a part of, you will likely find several benefits to it. Read the contract that the union has signed and you will quickly see some of the items that they have fought for and that you are entitled to as a union member. Your non-union counterparts may not get those benefits.