Union members live better. As union members, we bargain collectively with our employers over wages, benefits, and working conditions. Most of us have very limited bargaining power as one person, but as a group, we are strong. And, with a good negotiated contract, we have legal protections we would not have otherwise. In brief, we are much like a Moose Lodge or any other social organization with one major specific difference. We believe that if we all follow a set group of rules that are established and administered in a democratic fashion, our lives will be better off both socially and economically. We also believe that we must be politically astute and active to protect the gains we make through collective bargaining. Business interests in this country would rather have us compete with each other as individuals in an effort to keep our wages down and their profits up.