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Unions and Upward Mobility for Low-Wage Workers

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Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): John Schmitt; Margy Waller; Shawn Fremstad; Ben Zipperer

Topic: Labor (Unions)

Keywords: Health insurance; Low-wage occupations; Collective bargaining

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report analyzes 15 of the lowest paying occupations in the United States and finds that unionized workers earn about 16% more than their non-unionized counterparts. Unionized workers in the same industries are also 25 percentage points more likely to have health insurance or a pension plan.

Summary: benefits-unions-low-wage.pdf.