If you are a member of a union and you are injured on the job, you may be concerned about whether going out on disability will impact your union status. Not only do you have nothing to fear on that front, but you are likely to find yourself in a better position than nonunion employees do. As a dues-paying union member, your ability to be approved for workers’ compensation following a workplace injury is statistically far greater than is true of nonunion workers. A study published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review revealed that over a 15-year period, union workers had a 60 percent greater chance of receiving workers’ compensation payments than nonunion workers. There are a few reasons for this, including the following:
If you are a union member who has been injured on the job, going to your union supervisor to report what has happened will ensure that you are well-informed and prepared and that you are likely to get the benefits you deserve. If you do not have the benefit of having this kind of built-in advocate, you are encouraged to seek guidance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.