Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains the importance of unions.
UUP Exists for Your Benefit
United University Professions (UUP) fights for competitive salaries, health benefits, job security, workplace safety and fair treatment for its members. It is the only organization designated to negotiate with New York State on behalf of SUNY’s academic and professional employees.
Without the negotiating power forged by tens of thousands of united workers, UUP members would have very little, if any, say on the terms and conditions of their employment. In short, they would be powerless to affect how they’re treated and compensated – and would simply have to hope for the best.
The Case for Unions
On average, non-union workers earn significantly less, receive fewer benefits, and enjoy less job protection than union workers (AFL-CIO). In August 2016, a report from the Economic Policy Institute concluded that stagnating wages and rising income inequality across the country can be directly correlated with a decline in union membership.