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The Union Advantage*

»What Unions Do

Union worker's median weekly earnings: $760
Nonunion workers' median weekly earnings: $599
Union wage advantage: 27%
 
Union women's median weekly earnings: $696
Nonunion women's median weekly earnings: $523
Union wage advantage for women: 33%
 
African American union workers' median weekly earnings: $665
African American nonunion workers' median weekly earnings: $491
Union wage advantage for African Americans: 35%
 
Latino American union workers' median weekly earnings: $632
Latino nonunion workers' median weekly earnings: $419
Union wage advantage for Latino: 51%
 
Asian American union workers' median weekly earnings: $759
Asian American nonunion workers' median weekly earnings: $681
Union wage advantage for Asian Americans: 11%
 
Union workers with guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension: 69%
Nonunion workers with guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension: 14%
Union pension advantage: 55 percentage points
 
Union workers who get health benefits: 75%
Nonunion workers who get health benefits: 49%
Union health benefits advantage: 26 percentage points
 
Union workers who get short-term disability coverage: 69%
Nonunion workers who get short-term disability coverage: 30%
Union disability coverage advantage: 39 percentage points
 
Union workers who get life insurance coverage: 82%
Nonunion workers who get life insurance coverage: 51%
Union life insurance coverage advantage: 31 percentage points
 
 
* From the AFL-CIO


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