Areas with higher union membership tend to see benefits even for their communities, since unions advocate for collective goods like an increased minimum wage, and expenditures on schools and public services.

Why do communities benefit from high levels of union membership?  Partly, the improved incomes of union workers mean more money moving through the local economy.   But there’s more to it than that.

Unions organize their members.  This doesn’t just help them bargain better in the workplace, but it also helps them make their communities better places to live.  They help them make an impact in local government, making sure their community’s health and safety services are funded effectively.  And, together with other unions, they fight for better public education and health care at the state and national level.

Non-union workers, for the most part, must fight on their own and often face organized opposition to social and educational investment. 

“American workers face difficult challenges today, especially in improving the health and educational resources available to their communities. Joining together in unions isn’t just a good idea, it’s one that makes proven sense.”UWUA Member, Local 223