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Unions and Upward Mobility for Young Workers

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Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): John Schmitt

Topic: Labor (Unions)

Keywords: Health insurance; Personal wealth; Household income

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This report uses national data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) to show that unionization raises the wages of the typical young worker by 12.4 percent compared to their non-union peers. The study goes on to show that unionization also increases the likelihood that a young worker will have health insurance and a pension. The study also notes that despite being better educated, this age cohort earns 10% less than did their counterparts in 1979.