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An Important Reminder From Our Canadian Teamster Brothers & Sisters: Remember - Unions Allow You To ‘Make’ A Life, ‘Not Just A Living’

Published Sunday, March 6, 2016

You may not always recognize it, but our work life directly impacts home life – no matter what type of situation you are in.

Stresses from work can spill over into family life and vice versa.

From low wages to being overworked, we can’t help but be impacted by how we make a living.

But by being a Member of a Union, it can help with that work-life balance in a number of ways, and gives meaning to the phrase make a life, not just a living.

Here’s four things to remember:

Benefits - When you’re part of a Labor Union, you’re able to take advantage of great Health Benefits.  This can take a huge stress of being able to take care of your own health and that of your family.  Without the worries of drug costs and medical bills, some of the pressure of health issues can be relieved.

Stable Hours - Being able to work stable hours is something a lot of people take for granted. With the rise of precarious work and the gig economy, people are working extremely long hours or are on call at all hours of the night.  With a Union looking out for you, you’re able to have stable hours so you can plan activities outside of work, including spending time with loved ones.

Good Wage - Money can’t buy you happiness, but earning a fair wage is essential to having a quality of life.  With a Union, you’re paid a fair wage for your work and the level of your seniority is respected.  This means you can provide for yourself and your family without having to worry about making a fair wage.

Solidarity - Feeling alone or isolated at your place of work can be extremely stressful - and that’s why having a Union to back you up is so important in a workplace.  You know you have Brothers and Sisters looking out for you - not only in the workplace, but outside as well.  Being part of a Union is like being a part of a family - you know that you are never alone.

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