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What are the benefits and drawbacks of joining a union?

What are the good things? What are the bad things?

Asked By: Penny Lane - 9/10/2006
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I'm interpreting your question as to the benefits and drawbacks of working in a unionized place, not the act of joining or not joining, if you work in a place that already has a union. Legally, at least in the US, you never have to "join" the union, but you can be required to pay dues... More
Answered By: Carlos R - 9/10/2006
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i live in Kansas (right to work state) so there isn't much difference except union strength. My uncle works in Missouri and if you don't join after a set amount of time you Will be let go or fired... More
Answered By: Evil D - 9/10/2006
 
Good - You don't get fired very easily and you are paid a lot of money... More
Answered By: Gwen - 9/10/2006
 
Good- Usually a little more money (but that might not cover bad item 1), Some Job Security(or better, depending on the job), having legal support should something illegal happen to you, sometimes a sense of common good with the other union members... More
Answered By: cj k - 9/10/2006
 
A benefit is that it's hard to fire someone unjustly. A drawback is that it's hard to fire that deadbeat that's making your group look bad
Answered By: lowflyer1 - 9/10/2006
 
That depends on what kind of work ethic you have. If you have a good work ethic, unions can be very frustrating because you often have to pick up the slack for workers who can't get fired but do less than a fair day's work. In my opinion, they drive up the cost of products and create a socialistic attitude among the... More
Answered By: funlady6632 - 9/12/2006
 
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