Former helicopter mechanic, (PHI, AMC) retired airline mechanic, (United) current King Air Mechanic, IAM represented;
2021 Unionism =
I pay $70 per month
published pay scale and scheduled pay increases for the length of the CBA, a defined pension fund or published company contributions to your 401K, as per the contract not the whims of management
Additional $$$ for health and health care benefits
Defined vacation and sickleave
Defined grevience procedure
Educational benifits, in our case the IAM will pay tuition for immediate family members to earn a 2 year degree.
Job protections in the event of Military Leave, disability or while out on FMLA, (no worries about some B.S. middle manager giving the employee grief).
Senority based promotions, (generally speaking)
Senority based transfers, (again generally speaking)
Defined training rules
Enhanced work safety rules, (protections when throwing the safety card)
Defined work hours / schedules, based on senority
Less opprotunities for suck ups to rise to the top or otherwise hold BS power
Nepotisim somewhat mitigated
What not to expect:
protection for slackers, (and you know again generally speaking)
Kumbaya brotherhood, Unions strength come from the membership, at my current site, (military), most guy's could care less about the union, except for pay and benifits.
Laize faire management; Employees are expected to follow and are held to the CBA.
Im tired of thinking and tired of typing good luck, stay safe----chow