Organize Your Workplace

More than half of U.S. workers - nearly 60 million - say they would join a union today if they could.

America's working people are struggling to make ends meet and our middle class is disappearing. The best opportunity for working men and women to get ahead economically is by uniting with co-workers to bargain with their employers for better wages and benefits. On average, workers who belong to unions earn $186 more per week than nonunion workers. 96 percent of union workers have employer-provided health insurance compared to just 69% of nonunion workers. 54 percent of union workers are guaranteed an employer-provided pension plan while just 8 percent of nonunion workers have a similar secure retirement.

The North Shore Federation of Labor is one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO. We represent over 146 local unions within Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. These unions collectively represent 80,000 working people in virtually every industry and trade in our area.

Union organizers assist employees in forming unions on the job to give them the opportunity for dignity and respect, good wages and decent working conditions that union memebrs already have. Fill out the form below to get in touch with a union organizer.

Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are afforded certain rights to join together to improve their wages and working conditions, with or without a union.

When you and your co-workers come together to form a union, you get the right to negotiate with your employer over wages, benefits and working conditions.

No matter what the industry you are in, or the labor law that covers it, the process for forming a union is similar.