The LIUNA Difference

From pay to training to retirement, LIUNA members live better.

Men and women working in the construction industry see the difference a union makes in every paycheck.

  • The average wage for a union-worker is $28.08, compared with $18.10 for a non -union worker, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • A heavy-highway LIUNA worker averages $41.94 an hour in wages and benefits, compared to $18.93 for non-union Laborers, according to Engineering News Record’s Construction Economics Department.

A union helps neutralize pay discrimination.  
The most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows:

  • For women in a union, the weekly pay advantage is 32% over non-union women in the workforce.
  • For Hispanic union workers, the weekly pay advantage is 42%.
  • For African American union workers, the weekly pay advantage is 33%.

LIUNA has one of the best continuing FREE education systems in the world.

  • With dozens of courses that open the door to new opportunities and provide members with valuable skills.
  • Classes are available in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.

LIUNA members are safer on the job.

  • Members are empowered with the ability to speak out about workplace hazards.
  • Members are provided with training in order to recognize potential hazards.
  • A recent study found that the construction fatality rate in states with high union membership is half that of states with lower union membership.

Workers within a union also have an advantage when it comes to HEALTHCARE and RETIREMENT.  
The Bureau of Labor Statistics National Compensation Survey reports:

  • 85% of union workers have health care insurance which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs compared to the 54% of non-union workers.
  • 76% of union workers have a guaranteed defined-benefit pension plan while only 16% of non-union workers have a pension plan.



BLS, Union Members 2014

Engineering New Record Q3 2014 Cost Report

BLS, Union Members 2014

Right-to-Work Laws and Fatalities in Construction

BLS, National Compensation Survey, Healthcare benefits: Access, participation, and take-up

BLS, National Compensation Survey, Retirement benefits: Access, participation, and take-up rates