Join 200United

uofr labor daySEIU Local 200United is one of the fastest growing unions in Upstate New York and Vermont, with nearly 15,000 members from Buffalo to Syracuse, from Albany and the Hudson Valley to Burlington, VT.

SEIU Local 200United members hail from a variety of industries, including building and food service workers, administrative and secretarial workers, faculty and higher education employees at over 25 colleges and universities, human service workers, health care workers, janitors, child care workers, EMS and EMT first responders, and public sector employees in towns, villages, cities, and school districts. SEIU Local 200United is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which the largest and fastest-growing union in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with over 2 million members.

Since 2014, roughly 2,000 workers came together for a voice at work and won their union with SEIU Local 200United. Why?

The union difference is clear. Working together, union members have the strength to win better wages, quality, affordable health care, a secure retirement, and better working conditions. On average, union workers who make an hourly wage earn roughly $10,300 yearly more. Women workers who are union members earn $9,000/year more than their non-union counterparts. For African-American workers, the difference is also about $9,000/year – for Latino workers, it is more than $11,000/year.

Tired of working for less and not receiving the respect and dignity all workers deserve at work? Contact SEIU Local 200United to talk about how to organize your workplace. Call Chris Machanoff, Organizing Director at 585.880.3345 or email him at


How could a union help me?
canisius 2014 rallyWithout a union, workers are “employees at will.” That means your boss makes all of the decisions about how people are treated. Management is free to change your working conditions at any time, for just about any reason.

With a union, you gain the right to bargain as a group over your pay and working conditions. The right to negotiate with your employer gives everyone a meaningful voice — not only in your terms and conditions of employment — but in your day-to-day work life.

The improvements you and your co-workers negotiate for are written into a union contract which spells out in writing your pay, benefits, promotions, holidays and vacations, etc. The union contract has job security and grievance provisions. Workers can enforce it in a court of law.

How do I join?
The process is administered by your state’s labor relations board and National Labor Relations Board. The first step is for a majority of your co-workers to sign a petition or cards clearly indicating your desire to collectively bargaining for better wages and working conditions.

But forming a union isn’t just “signing up.” Forming a union means sticking together for the betterment of all and building an on-the-job organization with workplace leaders who make sure that everyone is respected at work.

Is it safe to organize a union? Could I lose my job?
It is against the law for an employer to retaliate or discriminate against any employee who promotes or organizes a union. In the rare case where an employee is discriminated against, the employee or the union can file charges with the state labor relations board or with the National Labor Relations Board.

What are dues for?
A union is a workplace organization that is of, by and for its members. Members pay dues to support and sustain the power of the union, so that workers can have the resources needed to fight and win fair wages, benefits and job security. Dues pay for staff who empower members to negotiate their union contract and be leaders in their union. Members don’t pay dues until the first contract is negotiated at their worksite and ratified by a majority vote of the membership.

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