We at Classic believe that labor is the life blood of what makes America all it can be, and organized labor helps ensure that hard-working people receive what they have rightfully earned in a variety of ways. By purchasing Union Made goods, you are supporting your fellow citizens and encouraging a safe, equitable workplace... and supporting manufacturing in turn supports ALL types of Unions!
Here are a few facts about Unions and why they matter:
- The freedom of workers to join together in unions and negotiate with employers (in a process known as collective bargaining) is widely recognized as a fundamental human right across the globe. In the United States, this right is protected by the U.S. Constitution and U.S. law.
- Over 16 million working women and men in the United States are represented by Unions. Overall, this accounts for more than one in nine U.S. workers.
- Joining a Union gives workers the opportunity to negotiate important elements of employment conditions - that could mean, for example, securing wage increases, better access to health care, workplace safety enhancements, and more reasonable and predictable hours.
- The five industries with the highest shares of 18- to 64-year-old workers covered by a union contract (the "union coverage rate") are:
- Public administration (33.2 percent)
- Transportation and utilities (27.3 percent)
- Education and health services (20.0 percent)
- Construction (15.7 percent)
- Information (10.6 percent), which includes publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting, telecommunications, data processing, and other communications services
- Unions help create a diverse workplace with equal pay and opportunity for all:
- As of 2016, roughly 10.6 million of the 16.3 million workers covered by a union contract are women and/or people of color.
- Unions reduce inequality and are essential for low- and middle-wage workers’ ability to obtain a fair share of economic growth
Unions fought for—and work to strengthen—many of the humane standards and norms that protect and uplift Americans today. These essential laws and programs include Social Security, child labor laws, antidiscrimination laws, health and safety laws, Unemployment Insurance, compensation for workers who get hurt on the job, the 40-hour workweek, and the federal minimum wage.14 Unions were a major force behind all the Great Society laws on discrimination, housing, and voting rights.