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Labor Union Affiliation

The "Information for DOL Audiences" page on the Department of Labor website provides links to resources concerning labor union affiliation for specific audiences and supporting laws and regulations.

Understanding the benefits of labor union affiliation can help you decide if joining is a good option for you. This resource will guide you through the laws concerning minimum wage, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, union membership and dues and equal employment opportunities.

Unions are membership-based support organizations that provide a voice for employees within an industry. Many popular industries, such as teaching and government, have labor or trade unions that represent employees in the field. Unions work on behalf of their members to negotiate labor contracts that may include wages, benefits, work rules, hiring and promotions and more. The terms of the agreement bind the union members, the employer and sometimes non-member workers.

For more information on labor union affiliation or if you have additional questions, call a SECO career coach at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on MySECO.

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