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The Benefits of Building a Union

Unions are the only means for workers to deal with management on an equal basis. Unions and union members have established and protected workplace and civil rights for almost a century.

     • Union members earn 34 percent more than non-union workers.
     • More than 75 percent of union workers have health benefits, while less than half of non-union workers
        have health coverage.
     • 94 percent of union workers have a retirement plan through work, while only 67 percent of non-union
        workers have one.

The 10 states where unions are strongest have higher earnings, better health coverage, less crime, more civic participation, less poverty and better schools than the 10 states where union membership is lowest.

The Benefits of a CSEA Union

What benefits do I get from being a CSEA member?

The range of benefits and services CSEA provides provides security and peace of mind for members. Besides a contract and representation on the job, CSEA members get to have a say at work by voting in union elections and ratifying their contracts. And as a CSEA member, you are also entitled to the most comprehensive package of benefits and programs you can find anywhere, saving you money and helping to make life better, both on and off the job. With CSEA’s member only benefits, you can save money on insurance, mortgages, credit cards, major purchases and even legal matters and more.

What is AFSCME?
AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. With more than 1.3 million members, AFSCME is the nation’s largest and most powerful public employee union. CSEA is its largest affiliate.

What benefits do we get from AFSCME?
CSEA’s affiliation with AFSCME gives us access to the International union’s numerous resources in such fields as research, negotiations, education and training, communications and health and safety. With AFSCME, CSEA has a lobbying voice on a national level in Washington D.C. and the political power of being part of a 1.3 million-member union.


Do you want more information?

Contact the CSEA Organizing Department
(800) 342-4146, ext. 1401 • email:
143 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12210