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The Union Difference

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts. Read more >>>

Unions are about a simple proposition: By joining together, working women and men gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work about what they care about. They negotiate a contract with their employer for things like a fair and safe workplace, better wages, a secure retirement and family-friendly policies such as paid sick leave and scheduling hours.  Read more >>>

Representation cards being signed at Austal cannot be used to join the union nor be used to collect union dues. That means you get to see what positive changes you can make at Austal and then decide if you want to become a member of your union! You decide what changes are needed at Austal. You will vote to decide whether you accept those changes in your contract with Austal. Read more >>>

Collective bargaining is the process in which working people, through their unions, negotiate contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave, etc. . Collective bargaining is a way to solve workplace problems. Read more >>>

Training programs and apprenticeships are at the heart of unions’ efforts to ensure that working men and women have a voice in our country's ever-changing economy. Every year, the labor movement trains more than 450,000 workers.  Read more >>>

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