Labor Unions exist as a balancing force to give workers a say in the work place. Unions ensure workers are treated with the respect they deserve by making sure they receive fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions.

Historically, when union membership has grown in the U.S., so has our economy. Workers earning fair compensation for their contribution have the money to buy cars, homes, and appliances, or to travel for vacations; it’s the spending of the middle class that drives demand for goods and services, which means their employers are not only enjoying profits but also likely to create jobs.

If you have questions about the benefit of union membership for both the workers and the employer, or organizing a local union at your place of work, feel free to contact the IUOE Local 49 Organizer directly.

Steve Piper can be reached on his cell at (612) 380-7044 or via email:

What have unions done for us?

Maternity leave

Sick leave

40-hour work week

Overtime pay

Child Labor laws

Health insurance coverage

Workplace safety laws

Military leave

Paid holidays

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