The differences between union and non-union workplaces lie within the workplace culture as defined by either the employer or employees. Work culture refers to all aspects of the working environment, including wages, schedules, safeguards, benefits, etc.

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The Differences between a Union and Non-union Workplace

Unions consist of workers from the same field, who collectively demand and bargain to achieve a contract between the union workers and the employer. The contract details the demands for wages, schedules, benefits, and other work culture elements.

Non-union is a workplace, usually found in private sectors, where workers do not form groups or have collective demands. The power of setting workplace guidelines lies with the employer or company management. The employer gets to set wages, work hours, and other guidelines needed for the workplace without collective pushback.

Collective Agreement vs. Contract

One of the most significant differences between unionized and non-unionized is the relationship between employer and employee. In a unionized company, the employees’ collective agreement will determine the terms and conditions of workplace culture. Usually, this means that employees will likely get the same treatment, be paid the same, have the same benefits, etc. In a non-unionized company, employees have individual agreements with their employers. In this case, employees often have different work hours, wages, etc.

Collective vs. Individual Negotiations

Because unionized employees have their employment agreements governed by the collective agreement, they will have to negotiate through the collective agreement process if they want a raise, meaning everyone in their employment class also gets a raise. Unionized employees are unable to negotiate their employment terms individually. They need to approach a collective agreement. A non-unionized employee can negotiate on their own behalf. They can request raises or changes to their employment agreement without needing to worry about the collective agreement.

Advancement

Unions are about fair and equal treatment. Collective agreements contain specific provisions by which an employer is allowed to promote an employee. Seniority is a significant factor in getting promoted in a unionized workplace. In a non-union workplace, getting a promotion is not limited by set upon agreements but instead by an employer’s specific requirements.

Power of One vs. Power for All

Unionized employees tend to have more power in their workplace culture. The collective of employees can negotiate better benefits, wages, vacation times, etc. As unionized employees, they act as a group and have the power to disrupt any employer’s operation if they are unhappy.

Why Is Having a Union Moving Company Important?

As the customer, you may wonder why you might need a union moving company. In general, buildings that are serviced by union employees—such as movers, electricians, and carpenters—were built by union crews. As such, if you’re moving internally within a union building or externally from union to union, American Moving & Installation can help.

Additionally, if you’re moving from a non-union to a union destination, one of our non-union partners will bring us in for the second half of the project to comply with the building regulations. Fortunately, we have great partners we work on projects with and are always here to help!

Additionally, if you’re moving from a non-union to a union destination, one of our non-union partners will bring us in for the second half of the project because as a non-union company, they are not allowed to work within a union building. Fortunately, we here to help.

Hire Our Unionized American Moving & Installation Movers for Your Next Move

As the only certified 100% woman-owned union commercial moving and installation company in Massachusetts, American Moving & Installation is proud to have a dedicated staff determined to execute our clients’ corporate moves successfully. Ensuring our clients’ and employees’ success is woven into the very fabric of our company. We are a one-stop-shop moving and installation company with a diverse and passionate workforce. To contact American Moving & Installation about helping your company move, call (781) 878-8000 or fill out our contact form.