Benefits of Becoming a Union member
THE UNION REPRESENTS ITS MEMBERS
Have you ever had a disagreement with your employer? Most workers have at one time or another. When that happens, it is you against your employer, one on one. Guess who is going to win that argument! Your Boss! As a "Union member", you have representation and protection. First, you are working under a collective bargaining agreement, which is negotiated with the employers. This agreement sets down terms and conditions of employment that are agreed to by the Union and the employers. That eliminates many problems, which could arise between worker and employer. Secondly, you have representation in the form of a Business Manager or Agent. They are the representatives of the Union who intervene on your behalf when issues come up between worker and employer.

WAGES
Do you feel that you are being paid a "fair" wage for what you do and the amount of experience you have? Most non-Union workers are not! The collective bargaining agreement sets fair wages for difference classifications of workers, based on their experience. Not only are the wages fair, but also you will know in advance when you will be getting a raise and how much it will be. Wages are negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement.

BENEFITS
Do you have adequate benefits where you are now working? The Union offers its members excellent benefits. You will have quality health care for yourself and your family. You will also have an adequate pension plan, which will provide you with enough money to retire and maintain your lifestyle. In addition, you will have an annuity benefit to supplement your pension. An annuity is a personal fund invested for you at your direction. That money is also available to you when you retire.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Are the conditions you work under safe? Do you put yourself at risk trying to make money for your employer? You don't have to! The collective bargaining agreement sets down rules and responsibilities for both workers and employers regarding safety and dangerous working conditions. Safety is a major concern for everyone involved.

BECOMING A UNION MEMBER MAKES GOOD SENSE FOR MANY REASONS. THINK ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR A CHANGE! THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE AND TAKE A STEP THAT YOU WON'T REGRET! JOIN A UNION!

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If I were to decide to join the Union, would I work all the time?
A. As it is with any job, anywhere, there is no guarantee of 100% employment. However, with the Union, your chances of going back to work, should you be laid off, are greatly increased. The Union has an out of work list containing the names of unemployed members. Since the Union refers workers to multiple signatory contractors, the time you would be out of work, should you be laid off, would be very short. Unemployed members are refereed to work on an equal and non-discriminatory manner.
Q. Would I have to pay Union dues if I decided to join the Union, I don't pay any now?
A. As is the case with any organization, there is cost associated with membership. An organization has operating costs, just like any business. Yes, you will have to contribute, in the form of dues, to the Union to be a member. You may not think that you are paying Union dues to your current employer, but in a very real way you are. The difference between the Union wage rate and wage you are being paid by your current employer is the amount of non-Union dues you are paying to your employer, each and every hour you work.
Q. Am I going to have trouble with current members of the Union if I decide to join since I am now a non-Union worker?
A. No, you will not. The current members of the Union support the organizing program. They realize that anyone working as an insulator other than in the Union sector is doing the same kind of work that they are. Recognizing that, they believe that all people working in our industry deserve the same living wage and benefits that they enjoy. Experience has shown that Union members have welcomed organized workers from non-Union, who only want to improve their lives and that of their families.
Q. How will the Union determine my wage rate in the event I decide to join?
A. The Union has wage rates designated within the collective bargaining agreement for different classifications of workers. When a worker is organized from non-Union there is an evaluation to determine the length of time worked in the industry and the individual's mechanical ability in the application of insulation materials. From this evaluation, it is determined what classification the worker will become in the Union. The wage rate will be that of the classification selected for that individual.



Local 14 Contact Information
Jim Cunningham
Union Address: 2014 Hornig Road, Philadelphia, Pa., 19116 
Telephone (215) 289-4303, Fax (215) 289-8655
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #14
2014 Hornig Rd. Philadelphia, Pa., 19116 Telephone (215) 289-4303, Fax (215) 289-8655