WHY JOIN THE TEAMSTERS?
There are many reasons why you may want to become a Teamster such as having guaranteed wages, better health benefits, or a secure pension. The most important thing is that when you organize and become part of our union, you are no longer considered an "at-will" employee. Why is that important for you? It means that you have rights when you enter your workplace, and your employer cannot just fire you or change the conditions of your work at any time.
Not only that, but when you form a union with your co-workers, you will have the strength to negotiate a legally binding contract with your employer that could include more affordable healthcare, a more safe and secure work environment, and better wages.
Consider these statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Labor reports:
Wages of union members, are on average, 27 percent higher than those of workers who do not have union representation
92 percent of union workers have job-related health coverage, while only 68 percent of non-union workers do
73 percent of union workers have a guaranteed, defined benefit pension, compared to just 16 percent of non-union workers
When you make the choice to bring the union into your workplace, you are making a decision to be a part of a much larger picture than just your company. That is because when you join the union it increases the number of union members in the country which makes the union that much stronger. Throughout history it has been proven that when unions are strong, health care coverage improves, pensions are strengthened, and wages go up.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
The Teamsters Union is currently made up of 1.4 million workers who are employed in both public and private industries. There are approximately 500,000 retired members of the Teamsters in the United States and Canada who maintain their affiliation with the Union and support important labor issues for working people.
As employees of your company, shop, or plant where you work you only have numbers to protect you while management and executives have numerous resources available to accomplish their goals. With your numbers, when you work together with us in unison, we can achieve better wages and working conditions.