What advantages do unions have in terms of negotiating and bargaining with an employer?
What is the difference between requesting raises and changes on your own, rather than a union doing this on your behalf?
- notLv 75 days ago
It's a socialized effort. They will basically negotiate minimum wage. You negotiate for yourself if you are worth more. Capable of negotiating for yourself you don't really need a union. Unions are for the mediocre. Say union has negotiated $20 an hour but you proven valueable and have negotiated $30 an hour on your own. You don't need them. Now when they decide to strike to get $21 an hour for the unacheivers you are out of work, on strike with your union! Collectives are not for people who are capable of achieving. So the advantages relate to who you are.
- 5 days ago
The union has the man power backing them up, you don't. The union negotiate raises for everyone not individuals. Unions can call for a strike or a work to rule. With a union the company can't fire you when they feel like it.
- TB12Lv 75 days ago
The union doesn't speak on behalf of you, at least not if you want a raise, the union speaks on behalf of the whole.
You are perfectly able to ask for a raise for you, above and beyond whatever the going union wage may be, the difference being, with the union if you're denied the raise you still have a job, as non union, you may find after being denied the raise you're replaced by someone willing to work for less than you were making before you asked for the raise.
- 5 days ago
The difference is the collective can strike, which depending on the economy at the time, can be a huge advantage to the union. Long strikes always come back to bite the employees due to losing business; lots of it for a long period of time. Been there, done that.
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- CommenterLv 45 days ago
I think unions are very powerful. If you pay dues to belong, and the employer has broken the contract, etc., then seek the counsel of your union as that can be a great help.