Why Join a Union?
Unions provide social and economic justice to employees who work for an hourly wage. Workers have joined unions because they know they have a far greater chance of success with the strength of a union for support. When an individual goes one-on-one with an employer, the chances for success are virtually zero.
American workers have been joining together in democratic unions since the end of the 18th Century. Economic history has shown that only when workers join together in unions can their voices be heard and the lives for them and their families improved.
Today, some 14 million men and women belong to unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). They include teachers, doctors, lawyers, construction workers, airline pilots, technicians, engineers, sports starts, and on and on.
Local 80 is committed to taking all steps within its authority to provide equal employment opportunity to all members, regardless of racial or ethnic background. Local 80 continually pursues affirmative programs to promote equal employment opportunities. Local 80 will not tolerate, condone, or allow discrimination by any of its members or signatory employers who work within its jurisdiction. Our union continues to set an unmatched standard of excellence, equality, dignity, and fair representation for all. Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union #80 workers receive state of the art training at our certified and accredited training center. From apprenticeships to the most advanced Journeyman upgrades, our members gain valuable knowledge, practical application, and marketable experience. Top salaries are negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement and voted on by the membership as well as health and welfare benefits, unmatched retirement packages, and tremendous work opportunities – not only with all of our signatory contractors, but throughout the entire Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association. We envision a prosperous future and are a pro-active, progressive organization. We are proud of our long history and confident of our future.