36 Reasons to Thank Unions

Labor unions made the following possible:

  1. Weekends
  2. All Breaks at Work - Including Lunch Breaks
  3. Paid Vacation
  4. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum Wage
  8. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    * Prohibits Employer Discrimination
  9. 8-Hour Work Day
  10. Overtime Pay
  11. Child Labor Laws
  12. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA)
  13. 40 Hour Work Week
  14. Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  18. Employer Health Care Insurance
  19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  20. Wrongful Termination Laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  22. Whistleblower Protection Laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)
    * Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee
  24. Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and Evaluations
    * Raises
  26. Sexual Harassment Laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday Pay
  29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  30. Privacy Rights
  31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  32. Military Leave
  33. The Right to Strike
  34. Public Education for Children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011
    * Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
  36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

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