BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) — KX News spoke with Landis Larson from North Dakota AFL-CIO to discuss unions.

Being in a union means you could make $1.3 million dollars more over your lifetime than someone not in a union. That’s according to a national study from Cornell University.

However, that same study also found that unions are not always viewed in a positive light by people. One universal complaint from union-members is unions tend to put a lot of influence on seniority. That can be a good thing for creating a steady career path, but it can also make it hard for people to advance up the hierarchy. It can also make it hard to demote or dismiss workers who are consistently under-performing.