Unions raise wages more for low- and middle-income workers than for those more highly paid.
Unions improve pay and benefits more for blue-collar than for white-collar workers.
Unions provide more improvement for workers who lack a college degree.
Let’s examine some of the Myths & Truths: Working with IUOE Local 49. We’re proud, highly-trained, and we commit to pulling our weight on the job all day, every day.
Myth 1:Union operators cost too much (i.e. wages and benefits.) Truth: Qualified, skilled operators actually lower overall job costs through quality work and high productivity.
Myth 2:I have to pay the same for all operators regardless of skill levels. Truth: Local 49 offers various wage rates throughout our jurisdiction on all equipment. In addition, Local 49 has a Minnesota state approved Apprenticeship Program where operators receive a lower wage rate while they develop their skills.
Myth 3:Union contractors have no control over the workforce. Truth: The employer has the right to decide the size of the crew.
Myth 4: Union contracts limit flexibility and productivity and dictate restrictive work rules and working conditions on construction jobsites. Truth: Local 49 agreements are responsive to contractors’ needs for flexibility. Our union contractors wouldn’t have the strong, successful businesses they have if Local 49 was holding them back.
Myth 5:Union contractors have no control over hiring. Truth: Contractors can specify skills, request workers by name, determine qualifications and reject any referral from the Union.
Myth 6:I can’t compete against local contractors as a union contractor in my market niche. Truth: Your current markets include many successful union contractors and subcontractors. Properly trained, highly skilled operators are efficient and take pride in doing the job right the first time.
Myth 7: If I sign your agreement my guys will be hit with huge fees and union dues, and they will be replaced with “union cronies.” Truth: The long-term benefits will more than offset the cost of union dues and the law prohibits excluding “your guys” from the Union.