Aside from the camaraderie and inspiration you can get from a welding union, here are three reasons why you should join a union now, whether you’re a beginner or an expert at welding:
You get paid more
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a union worker earns more than a non-union worker. In 2014, the difference between their weekly income was $207. That’s 27% more money! That means if you’re in a union, you get paid more because you belong to a trusted group and your ability has been tested and proven.
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You get a lot of benefits
Let’s be completely honest—the benefits we receive from our jobs matter a lot, especially when we speak of medical benefits in the welding industry. The good news is if you’re part of a union, you get more benefits. In fact, according to Bankrate, 93% of union welders receive medical benefits, but only 69% of non-union workers are entitled to the same benefits.
As you can see, the difference is significant! If you have a family, medical benefits matter a lot. After all, we all need health insurance since we’ll never know when dangers would attack. Moreover, the employers of unionized welders have paid 89% of their single cover health premiums and 82% of family plan premiums. To boot, 77% of unionized workers also have defined benefit pension plans. Seriously, it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old. If you’re part of a welding union, not only will you be entitled to medical benefits, you’ll even receive money after retiring. Seriously, what’s not to love about being in a welding union?
You get more paid leave
Everyone needs the time to take it easy. But for most of us, we worry about the money more than the need for a vacation.
Good thing a unionized welder get 28% more paid leave than a non-unionized one!
Welding is a taxing job, and it can burn out the physical body. Welders need to relax too, you know. And they can rest more if they know they’ll get paid a lot more than if they were working independently. Those who work in a union are happier because they don’t have to worry about money.
Aside from vacation leave, 82% of union welders also have paid sick leave. Compared to the 63% of non-union welders who have paid sick leave, that amount is already enormous. No wonder unionized workers look happier in their welding profession!
Change the way your welding job affects you, and be one of those happy welders by joining a union today!