Latino Workers: Improving Their Families Futures Through Unions
Because collective bargaining emphasizes equal pay and fair treatment in the workplace, union membership can be particularly important for Latino workers, especially immigrants. Struggling to get by and often altogether left out of the economy, Latino workers are turning to unions to have a fighting chance in American society.
There is a deep economic divide between Latino workers and the rest of the labor force in the United States.
African American Workers: Joining Unions to Get an Equal Share
Unions help raise workers’ pay and narrow the income gap that disadvantages African Americans. Union membership can be particularly important for workers who are subject to continuing discrimination, because collective bargaining emphasizes equal pay and fair treatment in the workplace.
Working Women Seek Fairness in the Workplace
More than at any time in recent history, working women are joining together in unions. In the United States, 99 out of 100 women will work for pay at some point in their lives. Yet working women, on average, are paid 73 cents for every $1 earned by men and are only half as likely to have pensions. They are much more likely to hold minimum wage, part-time or temporary jobs.
Congress should adopt key bipartisan civil rights measures, including legislation to fund the new federal election reform law, prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and help federal authorities fight hate crimes.
Visit the Womens and Human Rights Department at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers web site goiam.org for a good variety of articles about Women's and Human Rights issues.