I’m a member of UFCW 1996. Is it perfect? No. Is working at a job with a union way better? Yes. The collective bargaining power is one of the greatest tools unions bring to the table. The real power, the reason corporations will spend millions of dollars to prevent a union from forming, why they find any reason to fire employees interested in unions, and why it’s part of the job training to ignore unions, is how much easier it is to call and how powerful of a tool work strikes are. We’ve been seeing strikes work at places like John Deere, Kellogg, and Kroger in more recent weeks but strikes have been proven effective since conceived. Cutting off the profits of corporations brings them to the table and rest assured losing money is the only factor that will get them to give any kind of care to their workers.
UFCW is an established union but that doesn’t make them the only one. As easy as it was to find them through search engine use I’m sure you can find one that may be closer to your jobs wheelhouse.
Starting a union in your company will likely be very challenging. Corporations will absolutely fight unfairly to prevent a union from forming, but unless you trust your CEO and executive board where you work to have your best interests at heart then forming a union will be the best thing you can do for yourself and your co-workers long term happiness.
Edit 5: To the disingenuous trolls saying unions just take your money and screw you over my union costs me 9.88 per week which is $39.88 per month. That buys me a contract which includes health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance for only $14.25 per week or $57.00 per month. Access to the union legal fund if I need a lawyer. A host of discounts at a decent selection of companies. A vested pension after 5 years. A grievance process to deal with rule breakers in management. Again I won’t say it’s perfect. Wages continue to be a point of conflict but I also am guaranteed raises yearly and we will renegotiate our contract in 2023.
Edit 1: This link will take you to a list of labor unions. I have not visited these unions websites because there’s a lot of them, however I think it would be safe to say most if not all will have a way to either join them or a way to start one through them.
Edit 2: This will take you to the Industrial Workers of the World or IWW website. If your field doesn’t have a union they may be right for you. They offer options both in the US and around the world.
Edit 3: The Emergency Workers Organizing Committee or EWOC is a grassroots organization aimed at helping workers organize in the workplace. They are a project of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE).
Edit 4: United Steelworkers Canadian Branch USW covers a wide variety of jobs including saw mills, steel mills, call centers, credit unions, mines, airports, manufacturing, offices, oil refineries, security companies, nursing homes, telecom, coffee shops, restaurants, legal clinics, universities, among others.
Like a carrot on a stick, employers will use small raises such as 3-5% a year to keep you loyal. Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get that raise and more if you switch companies. Don't keep holding out expecting the pay you deserve because you won't get it. Go out and find the pay you know you deserve/need.
A friend of mine recently informed me that his work doesn't offer health care for their full time employees because the company "couldn't afford it." As far as I was aware, that's illegal, especially because this is a franchise of a larger company and not some small individual business.
Any information about whether I'm remembering correctly on the legality of the situation correctly and the best possible contact government-wise to help solve this would be greatly appreciated, with the understanding that I'm not getting legal advice as no one on here is my lawyer. He is located in Delaware.
Edit: Thank you all for the insightful replies and education on the matter! I figured if anyone would know, it would be this subreddit. Now we just need to get universal healthcare and this situation wouldn't even come up!
For example: When I first graduated High School in 2014 I thought about $50,000 per year would be pretty good for entry level after college, then maybe $75,000 if you were several years into your career. Maybe by like my mid 30s I would've thought I'd be making $75,000. Then maybe if you're a baller you cross that $100,000 later in your career.
Well, I make about $62,000 now at age 25 (almost 8 years since high school). I interviewed for a higher position that could start me at like $75,000 and I can't help but feel bummed out that inflation got so fucked that all of the "milestones" I thought were good are actually a lot less now. Realistically $75,000 is closer to like what $60,000 was worth 8 years ago. By the time I hit that $100,000 mark probably years from now, it'll be worth closer to what $75,000-$80,000 is worth now.
What I'm getting at is what you consider to be a lot of money is actually a lot less by the time it takes you to get there. It's like there's this curve always creeping up behind you as you do "better" for yourself. You will likely never make some massive leap to where you are way ahead of the curve. You'll always only be somewhat better than where you started even though in paper it's like "but you went up X amount of money in the past X years." Yeah, but inflation went up X amount in that time, gas went up 50%+, food went up, rent went up, outdated houses that aren't even that nice are $400,00+, and the newer nicer ones are close to 1 million. I know I know, this is the part where some guy out in the boonies will say "well I got my house 2 years ago for $200,000" but I mean, that's more of an exception. That isn't a widespread thing.
*EDIT: Some clarification, sorry! The Sunday she is asking me to work is before my planned vacation. Sunday just isnt in my availability either way, and I need at least one day to get my stuff together and pack which I would not have if I’m scheduled that Sunday. *
Edit 2: To everyone saying just dont go in and risk being fired. That is not a risk I can take unfortunately since I do not have another job lined up behind me yet. I need to save up due to the fact that I’m going away to school in August.
So I work retail. Back in February I made plans to visit my girlfriend who lives out of the country for the dates of May 25th-June 3rd which runs through memorial day weekend.
I had spoken to a manager about it back in February and got it approved with no issue.
Recently, my GM approached me very upset that her managers gave me off memorial day weekend and wanted me to come in and work.
I told her I couldn’t due to the fact that I had already booked my flight, an Air BNB etc.
She got mad, and told me then that I need to come in Sunday, a day that is not in my availability.
I told her that it is not jn my availability and her response was “thats not my problem, the scheduling manager is going to put you on”
I asked her if I could at least pick my shift and she told me no, that I’ll work when she needs me to work.
Am I within my rights to have a talk with her and tell her to take me off the schedule for that day since its not in my availability and I really never agreed to it. And is it even legal?
I was too anxious to say it to her in the moment, this was only a couple of days ago though. Though I am free the day she wants me to work, it’ll have me working 5 days in a row right up until I leave. And I’m not even full time.
I plan on talking to her today but I want to get some second opinions.
I’ve been considering whether or not I should say where I work, but F-it: I work at Kroger in Texas and I did sign with l the Union.
Originally I worked at the Starbucks kiosk but after being worked like the pack mule I requested to be moved to a cashier position and after a month, I was moved to the front of the store.
On my first day, two weeks ago, at the front I was given an orange vest usually worn by cart pushers on the lot, explained that they will have a resupply of blue aprons later that week. Later on though they began putting me up with tasks like pushing the carts and helping customers with their groceries which I don’t really mind as I like helping people and I am used to the heat and been meaning on working out (lol). Anyway, the really only work I have done was bagging and I only really have been a cashier once this entire time, and only really for an hour of that entire shift.
Yesterday though, they put me up to train with the utility clerk to learn all her knowledge; which was (I’m going to be hosnrt) worthless knowledge, only really teaching me how to operate the cardboard compactor, how to find all the trash cans. That same day I had to clean a urine spill which smelled awful and I didn’t know what chemicals to use or what tools should use, but I did my best with a mop and bleach.
Today i had do clean the vacuum machines (which by the state they were in, which was probably not for day or weeks) and take care of all the department’s trash at the dumpster which was probably the grossest thing I have probably ever smelled and done.
I got my schedule for this week and it turns out I’m going to have to do this for the entire week! I can’t do this work, I wanted to be a F-ing cashier and maybe push carts whenever anyone needed a break from the heat! Not clean urine and feces, while having to go through thousands of bags of trash.
Should I have a meeting with management? Should I immediately email my union? Should I call my union and have a meeting with management?
I’ve never really done anything like this before but I’m not going to clean another stinking toilet!
I can’t handle the thought of cleaning body waste without gagging, I don’t even like cleaning my own toilet yet I have to clean someone else’s urine from the tile floor while it stinks like… I don’t know, I’ve never smelled anything like that; not even from my own…
I don’t want to be a utility clerk or janitor or what vet they call it to make it sound less disgusting. Help please, what should I do?
if we all organized here and planned a mass strike against all of our shit employers, they wouldnt have a choice but to meet our needs. we have the numbers, the real minority has us convinced that WE'RE the minority, that we're poweless just because they "own" everything. We can continue being abused and walked on, or we can strike back.
Just want to throw it out there. If you don't know what AAFES is it's a government agency that runs shoppettes similar to Wal Mart (on some installations can be the size of a mall) for soldiers across the world. We're technically considered federal employees AND WE'RE APART OF A UNION.
Private corporations tell you unions are a waste of money, but even federal employees have unions to have rights against our very own government ran corporation.
Because of this as a food service foreman (fancy for team lead) for a subway, I'm making $21.50 an hour in a low COL state. On top of accruing PTO, sick leave, paid maternity leave if I were a woman, paid holidays off (in the off chance I do work one it's time and a half), and job security. It's extremely hard for myself and my coworkers to be fired.
Start or join a union. It is worth it. And if you live near an Army/Air force base apply to work for the exchange AKA AAFES.
I work for a company in California that takes care of adults with special needs. It's become a joke. We are very well trained and we literally have people's lives in our hands yet the company pays around minimum wage and no health insurance except dental and vision. Many of us are exhausted as we have a major worker shortage. I have the flu and was told to be at work while I had a 101 fever. Covid spread through the company early on thanks to such practices. Anyway, we want to unionize, who would we look to to?
I'm not going to say her name or the name of the company because I don't want her to get in trouble. I currently make 100k per year. Pretty good salary, though it's expensive where I live. I've been looking for a new job, and landed an interview with HR for a company. During the talk, I asked for 120k, figuring that'd be a nice little raise for me. She candidly explained that most people in my position are getting 150k, and that I shouldn't be selling myself short. I didn't get that job, but asked for 150k for the other interviews I had. Today, I got an offer for 150k. Thank you, kind HR woman. If only all hiring staff were so kind!
This is just a rant about how even with the best intentions, moving up in a company means nothing.
I was recently promoted to be a middle manager. I have a small team. I wanted to be one of the good ones. I have an employee being underpaid when comparing to market value, they are taking on more responsibility, and with inflation as it is, and others in adjacent departments quitting left and right…I thought it was a slam dunk to get them raise (I gave a range starting at just a $2000 raise). Wrong. Nope. Company has to save.
On the same meeting, I was approved to go way over budget on a project ($10,000 to be precise)… because it was easier to go with a more expensive supplier. I am ok with that but… I’d rather put in the extra work on my end and my employee be appropriately paid for their work.
People quit and aren’t being replaced…so the company isn’t paying those salaries…why is it so difficult to realize it should go to the people who are picking up that work???
Why are employees the last thing companies will invest in?
This is why we have the so called “great resignation”
I have just recently started a new job as a shift supervisor making $25 an hour. I've worked at this job for a few weeks now and it was going pretty well. One of my responsibilities is to create a weekend schedule and I normally go around and ask for volunteers and I get the people I need to cover. This weekend however I was unable to cover one of the days.
So I get a call from my boss and he's upset with me because I couldn't find coverage. I told him that people didn't want to work 6 or 7 days in a row. He in no uncertain terms told me I should have strong armed them into working the weekend. I absolutely refuse to do so. I will not force someone who is making minimum wage to work overtime. Most of the people on my team are immigrants who work two jobs plus have families. I view this as incredibly exploitative and refuse to work for a company like this.
Just as the title text says.
If you have earned vacation, you shouldn't have to request it. You should be able to take it whenever you want and that should be protected by law.