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In many ways, unions are democracy at work. At union places power and decision making are shared by workers. Through the union, workers are able to collectively bargain the management to reach agreement about: pay, benefits, hours, job security, job safety and other conditions of work.
what is a union?

Through collective bargaining, workers strive to achieve equal pay and fair treatment for all workers on the job.

 

More than 16 million workers belong to unions. Those men and women are of all ages, races and ethnic groups. Union membership is important for men and women and people of color who are subjected to discrimination. Through collective bargaining, workers strive to achieve equal pay and fair treatment for all workers on the job. Union workers, through collective bargaining, receive higher pay and better benefits than non-union workers. Collective bargaining means that representatives from the union meet with representatives of the employer and negotiate a contract that governs wages, hours and conditions of employment. The contracts are usually 3 to 5 years in length, and are renegotiated at the end of the term.

what is a mason?

Cement masons and concrete finishers place and finish the concrete. They also may color concrete surfaces: expose aggregate in walls and sidewalks; or fabricate concrete beams, columns and panels. In preparing a site for placing concrete, cement masons first set the forms for holding the concrete and properly align them.

After the concrete has been leveled and floated, concrete finishers press and edger between the forms and the concrete and guide it along the edge and the surface. This produces slightly rounded edges and helps prevent chipping or cracking. They use a special tool called a “groover” to make joints or grooves at specific intervals that help control cracking. Next, finishers trowel the surface using either a powered or hand trowel.

They then direct the casting of the concrete. Immediately after leveling the concrete, masons carefullysmooth the concrete surface with a “bull-float”, a long handled tool about 8 by 48 inches that covers the coarser materials in the concrete and brings a rich mixture of fine cement paste to the surface.