John L. Lewis Speaks
Legendary United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis testifies before Congress with full oratorical force following the 1947 Centralia, Ill., mine disaster that killed 111.
The Basic Labor Law Framework
Most people are surprised to learn how many laws are on the books that regulate the workplace lives of workers, both union and non-union. There are laws at the federal, state and local levels that apply only to you in a unionized environment: laws that govern the right to organize a union, the collective bargaining relationship between an employer and its unionized workforce, and the internal rights and responsibilities of unions and their members. Both you and employees who are not represented by a union are covered by a host of other laws. So in many instances, you as a unionized employee have the best of both worlds: statutory protections provided to all employees, plus the protections your union has been able to negotiate in your particular workplace.
—Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer