The Union Difference

AFT Connecticut is one of the most diverse unions in the state representing more than 30,000 women and men working in the areas of PreK-12 and higher education, healthcare and municipal and state government. Our federation is the largest representative of both acute care hospital professionals and college and university faculty in Connecticut. In addition, we have the political clout of AFT’s 1.3 million members nationwide.

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who don’t have union representation. On average, their earnings are 27 percent higher than their non-union counterparts. And in states where employees lack collective bargaining rights, workers’ overall incomes are lower.

Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions. More than 85 percent of union members have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but only 54 percent of non-union workers do.

Unions also help employers create a more stable, productive workforce – where employees have a say in improving their jobs. 

Click here for more information and details on how to form a union in your workplace at AFT’s website.

Click here for additional new union organizing facts and resources from the national AFL-CIO.