36 Reasons to Thank A Union

36 Reasons to Join CWA 4502

Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Sick leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
  9. 8-hour workday
  10. Overtime pay
  11. Child labor laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40-hour work week
  14. Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
  15. Unemployment insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  18. Employer health care insurance
  19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  20. Wrongful termination laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  22. Whistleblower protection laws
  23. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  24. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
  25. Sexual harassment laws
  26. American Disabilities Act (ADA)
  27. Holiday pay
  28. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  29. Privacy rights
  30. Pregnancy and parental leave
  31. Military leave
  32. The right to strike
  33. Public education for children
  34. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
  35. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States


Thank Your Union! 

If you are not yet a full-dues paying member, join CWA Local 4502 today. Contact a CWA Rep or reach out to Wayne Trakas-Lawyor at 614-485-1265.

Strong union membership is key to raising income levels, providing benefits such as retirement security, health insurance, and giving workers a voice when it comes to negotiating and enforcing our contracts. By being united with other CWA Local 4502 members our voices will be stronger, and we will be able to negotiate contracts with better pay, benefits, and working conditions.


Join together for a stronger voice for better wages and working conditions!

  1. The higher our membership, the more power we have at the bargaining table, and the better our chances of winning a good contract. The power of our union is in its numbers.
  2. Only members have a vote — in choosing who runs the union, whether we go on strike, and whether or not to ratify a contract or increase dues.
  3. Members are eligible for many benefits, including scholarship awards, services, discounts, and coupons.