MONEY. That’s the bottom line in the world of work! And union members make a lot more money than non-union employees, U.S. government figures show. Union members earn 28% more than non-union workers in wages alone, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. (If you include the value of benefits, it’s 36% more!) People in lower paying jobs gain even more from union bargaining power. Paychecks for women with a union contract are 30% higher than for women without a union. African-American union members make 37% more than their non-union counterparts. For Hispanic union members, wages are 55% higher! So that’s the bottom line – joining the IAM puts thousands more dollars into your pocket, year after year. It’s a no-brainer! Joining the IAM is the smartest financial move you can make. —