What have the unions ever done for us?

This was produced by Manic Times out of Australia. It speaks for itself. A couple of terms you’ll need to know:

Superannuation: the Australian version of our Social Security

Award System: Australian standards (legally binding) that set out minimum terms of conditions of employment for employees like work hours, public holidays, overtime, leaves of absence, etc.

And just in case the video hasn’t convinced you, here is a list of 36 things the union has done for us all:

  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Sick leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
  9. 8-hour work day
  10. Overtime pay
  11. Child labor laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40-hour work week
  14. Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
  15. Unemployment insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  18. Employer health care insurance
  19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  20. Wrongful termination laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  22. Whistleblower protection laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
  26. Sexual harassment laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday pay
  29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  30. Privacy rights
  31. Pregnancy and parental leave
  32. Military leave
  33. The right to strike
  34. Public education for children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
  36. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

(list is from Union Plus of AFL-CIO)

Happy Labor Day!

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One Response to What have the unions ever done for us?

  1. Lar Bowe says:

    Yes thanks for this, as workers continue to lose rights we need to be reminded.

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