JHL’s membership benefits

JHL offers a broad range of membership benefits! When you belong to our union, you receive up-to-date representation, fair terms of employment in accordance with a collective agreement negotiated by the union, a shop steward who manages issues at your workplace and legal aid when employment-related problems occur. In addition, you receive security against unemployment.

Support, security, information and recreational activities. JHL offers its members dazzling benefits.

JHL offers a broad range of membership benefits. They also benefit members during their leisure time.

As a JHL member, you receive the comprehensive membership benefits of a strong union:

  • unemployment cover
  • legal aid
  • advice and service in working life situations and studies – and in your leisure time!

One membership fee covers all of the services and benefits offered by the union, unemployment fund, regional office and branch.

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Member benefits in a nutshell

Working life benefits

  • JHL negotiates close to a hundred collective agreements on behalf of people working for, for example, municipalities, the state and private well-being services.
  • As a union member, you always receive help from your workplace shop steward. JHL trains shop stewards for their duties and arranges other training to develop expertise and professional competence. The training and education is almost always free for members.
  • The regional offices and branches help and serve members in different working life situations and arrange training and other activities.

Leisure time benefits

  • JHL insures its members. The membership insurance includes a traveller’s insurance for recreational trips and accident insurance in case of permanent handicap. The membership card is your insurance card.
  • As a member, the Motiivi magazine is delivered to your home six times a year. JHL also wishes to support its members’ well-being and recreation through comprehensive membership benefits.
  • In the section Member issues you can find information on what to do when changes happen in your life that impact your membership. The section also contains information on the membership card.

Member issues

10+1 reasons to join JHL

1 A living wage and fair terms

A pat on the back doesn’t pay the bills. When you belong to a union, you can be sure to receive fair compensation for your work. At the same time, your other terms of employment are taken care of, which guarantees you sufficient time for holidays, for example.

JHL’s key task is to negotiate terms of employment for its members. Collective agreements include, for example:

  • salary
  • working hours
  • the right to annual leave and sick leave
  • the right to pay during illness
  • many other terms related to coping and well-being at work

Everything you need to know about the collective agreements negotiated by JHL: https://www.jhl.fi/en/atwork/agreements-2/

2 A shop steward on your side

Did you not get your overtime pay? Have you been assigned an overly long shift in the duty roster?

Your workplace has its own JHL shop steward or chief shop steward. He or she will ensure that the workplace abides by the rules of working life. You can turn to your shop steward whatever the situation.

Take a look at what shop stewards do here: jhl.fi/en/your-shop-steward-is-there-to-help/

3 An unemployment fund as a safety net

Anyone can become unemployed. JHL offers you a safety net.

As a union member, you are also part of JHL’s unemployment fund. The fund pays you earnings-related daily allowance, mobility aid or job alternation compensation. Daily allowance is significantly larger than basic unemployment allowance.

Membership is free for students, with certain conditions. For people who work, the membership fee for JHL and the unemployment fund is 1% and you can deduct it in your taxation.

Take a closer look at JHL’s unemployment fund: tyottomyyskassa.jhl.fi/in-english/

4 Students join for free

Studying is valuable work. At JHL you are not alone even as a student because the union is there for you already during your studies.

A JHL student membership costs exactly zero euros. At the same time, you become a member of JHL’s unemployment fund. You will also have access to other member benefits.

JHL’s student activities are open to all. We organise events around the country, year-round.

The basics of student membership can be found here: jhl.fi/en/the-best-union-for-young-people-and-students/

5 Support and security for young people

Working life has changed dramatically. Long steady jobs are becoming rarer and young people especially are expected to master whatever job comes their way. A career can be built like a puzzle, consisting of different jobs in different places. In between jobs, young people study or travel the world.

JHL is the best union for young people. The union for star professionals keeps its finger on the pulse of the labour markets to make sure they are fair for young people.

For example, JHL has long been working to achieve more detailed rules for zero-hour contracts.

The national activities for JHL youth are meant for all of the union’s under-thirty members. JHL annually organises several national events for youth.

More about youth activities: jhl.fi/en/the-best-union-for-young-people-and-students/

6 Information and training

How does a new legal amendment impact your rights? How can you time your breaks right? How can you become a shop steward or OHS representative?

JHL’s members have access to Finland’s broadest offering of working life training! The union arranges training across Finland.

You can learn about coping at work, shop steward work, OHS and branch activities. We also provide updates on all of our sectors.

The training is available in English, Finnish and Swedish.

Check out more information on training: jhl.fi/koulutus (in Finnish)

As JHL’s member, you will also receive the high-quality, up-to-date magazine Motiivi, delivered to your home.

The Motiivi magazine offers information, viewpoints and tools. It features current issues related to different occupations and workplaces, and will keep you up to date on working life and your benefits.

Motiivi comes out eight times a year, delivered directly to your home.

Take a look at the Motiivi magazine: motiivilehti.fi (in Finnish)

7 Free legal aid

Employee receives pay claims from several years (in Finnish). Discrimination compensation paid to a woman excluded from the on-call list (in Finnish). Compensation to employees for illegal termination of employment contracts (in Finnish).

These are just a few legal victories in recent years that were achieved with the help of JHL.

Sometimes problems can’t be resolved at the workplace. In that case, JHL members may be entitled to receive free legal advice and the services of a lawyer from the union.

Take a closer look at our legal aid: jhl.fi/en/legal-aid/

8 Affordable recreational activities

Why pay too much for recreational activities? JHL offers valuable commercial and leisure-time membership benefits. JHL’s local branches and regional offices may also offer their own benefits.

As JHL’s member, you can book cottages and Holiday Club time shares around Finland. You can also purchase cruises and route trips, hostel stays and hotel and spa benefits at a discount.

Teboil also gives you a discount on petrol, diesel and liquid gas as well as lubricants and car washes.

Discounts are also available from many watch and jewellery shops and for magazine subscriptions.

Read more: https://www.jhl.fi/en/membership/membership-benefits/ 

9 Off-working-hours insurance cover

JHL members are insured by Turva Mutual Insurance Company. The insurance offers you extensive cover for trips and leisure time. As a JHL member, you can also purchase insurance from the insurance company If at a considerable discount.

Your membership card is your traveller’s insurance. Take a closer look at the insurance terms and conditions and the benefits offered by Turva.

Read about insurance cover: turva.fi/jhl (in Finnish)

10 Your home base

JHL has more than 500 branches and they operate all over Finland. Your branch is your home inside the union.

When you join JHL, you become a member of your local branch. As a member of the branch, you can help decide what activities the branch will organise and make proposals to improve working life and collective agreements.

JHL’s nine regional offices around the country are there to serve and assist you!

Take a closer look at the branches: jhl.fi/yhdistykset (in Finnish)

+ 1 OSH protects against hazards

Poor protective equipment. Workplace bullying. Work overload.

Your work can involve many kinds of hazards – both mental and physical.

You have an OSH representative to protect you. He or she promotes employees’ health and ability to cope at work. This includes:

  • a safe working environment
  • healthy working hours
  • occupational health care
  • well-being at work

The OSH representative represents all employees in matters related to safety and health. As JHL’s member you will also receive first-class training in becoming an OSH representative.

For more information, go to: jhl.fi/en/occupational-safety-and-health-representative/