Modern Union FAQs

See how building and construction labor unions continue to uplift workers and communities.

Unions are still hard at work.

America has a long history with unions, but there are battles for workers’ rights being fought right here, right now. Learn more about the issues currently facing our workforce and how unions are involved.

What is Right to Work?

Right to Work is a policy that makes it possible for non-union workers to work in unionized workplaces. While there are existing federal laws that prevent workers from being forced to join unions, Right to Work policies are different, being championed at the state level by big corporations that seek to diminish the bargaining power…

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What is Prevailing Wage?

Prevailing Wage is a pay standard for certain workers in situations where state money is used to fund the project. The policy states that workers must be paid the same wages for similar work in the same county. This means that if a bricklayer in Minneapolis makes $20 per hour, when a government contract that…

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How many people in the U.S. belong to a union?

It’s estimated that there are about 14 million union members in the U.S. Union membership varies greatly from state to state, with New York having the highest (23.6%) and South Carolina having the lowest (1.6%). Minnesota ranks 11th for union membership, totaling 365,000 union members (14.2%), while the average union membership percentage for the nation…

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Why do we still need labor unions?

As America was growing in the early 1800s, the drive for bigger, better business often came at the expense of worker safety and security. Unions were instrumental in securing better working conditions and wages during the industrial era, and they’re a big reason why we have conventions like minimum wage, weekends, the eight-hour workday, Social…

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