See More →AdvertisementThrough unions, workers are able to fight for protections and benefits they might not otherwise have because of collective bargaining power. My union contract gives me a sense of security that I’m always going to be able to provide for my family. Our union contract won us an increased hourly wage and overtime pay, as well as scheduling protections for religious holidays, paid time off, and hour caps. Under a normal union contract, we had the standard one year to return to work after a layoff. If I get a call outside normal work hours, I’m immediately paid three hours of overtime, regardless how long the call is.