If you are in a union, you know that working under a contract,(as every professional person with half a brain insists on doing also), is the absolute smartest move you can make.
No business person does anything with another business person or customer without a contract - stating what will be done and what will be paid for that action.
To work everyday without a contract is a very chancy situation. You are in what is called an "at-will" arrangement and are an "at-will" worker. Sounds logical on the surface. Another one of those cleverly worded political phrases.
At-Will means just that, at will. Your whole career, your pay, your benefits, your hours of work your lifestyle and your life can be changed AT WILL by another person at ANY TIME. No explanation needed. And you have absolutely nothing to say about how any of it is going to work.
With a contract, that same situation requires discussion and reason and fairness.
Who in the heck would want that? Huh?
If you know someone who needs a contract or if you do yourself - make that point on this blog and the first steps will be taken to make that happen.
You can have a union where you work right now and soon, with the Employee Free Choice Act - it will be easier than ever to join or form a union at your workplace.