There’s no point earning a good living if you aren’t healthy enough to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
|Working should benefit your health -- not hurt it.|
A new study by Megan M. Reynolds and David Brady of Duke University’s sociology department has found that union membership has a beneficial effect on the health of workers. The study, titled “Bringing You More Than the Weekend: Union Membership and Self-rated Health in the United States”, is among the first in linking union membership to general health.
The study found that union membership leads to safer work environments, improved health insurance, increased job security, and higher incomes. All of these factors provide a convincing argument that union membership increases the health of workers.
Anti-worker politicians and corporations often seek to marginalize the rights of workers because they don’t realize that their profits are also impacted by the health of their people. They see workers’ as an expense – rather than an asset that should be actively protected.
Unions provide workers’ with the protection they deserve and this study proves how that membership provides value beyond the workplace.
When workers’ have a collective voice, they’re able to secure improved wages, working conditions, and perhaps most importantly of all, improved personal health – so that their paychecks can go towards happiness instead of health care costs.
The study was based on a sample of 11,347 full-time workers and union membership and self-rated health data in the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey from 1973 to 2006. For more information about the study, click here.