I've been told plenty of times that I'm nuts to be a union president and that it's impossible to build a powerful union for public and higher education in Utah. Well I have to agree with the first statement, but I don't believe the second. No doubt it's difficult to unionize, but it
Unions help all workers, not just their members, get higher wages.
Workers in unions earn 13 percent more than similar workers without unions; and workers in unions are more likely to have employer- provided health and retirement plans.1
By promoting equal pay for equal work, unions reduce inequalities and help close the wage gaps faced by women and people of color.2
Stronger unions set wage standards that help all workers. A non-unionized worker whose industry is 25 percent unionized is paid 5 percent more than similar workers in less- unionized industries. As unions
Unions improve workers’ economic conditions, helping create a stable and skilled workforce.
• Multiple studies have found that unionization aids in employee retention, either directly or through the better compensation and benefits that unions offer.1 • Replacing a teacher can cost as much as $12,600.2 In healthcare, more than 5 percent of the costs of operating a hospital or clinic can come from employee turnover.3 Unions reduce the time, resources and costs associated with em- ployee recruitment and development by lowering turnover and improving retention.4, 5,6