Union members enjoy several benefits, here a just a few:
Better pay: Health professionals in unions earn 11 percent more on average than similar workers without unions. Stronger unions set wage standards that help all health professionals.
Better benefits: Ninety percent of union workers participate in a retirement plan (of any kind), compared with 75 percent of nonunion workers.Unionized health professionals are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions or individual retirement accounts. Click here to learn more from the Economic Policy Institute.
Unions make workplaces safer for all working people. They create safe spaces for their members to raise concerns without fear of retaliation from their boss. This has led to better pay, stronger job security and improved benefits.
That is especially true for health professionals employed by large chains, such as Hartford HealthCare (HHC).
Thanks to their union, registered nurses and allied health professionals in Windham Community Memorial Hospital’s maternity ward were placed in other jobs when HHC chose to arbitrarily close the unit ward. No one was laid off as a result.