APA Women and Unionization
|Written by Hye Jin Rho|
|Friday, 27 August 2010 13:16|
Women have increasingly played a significant part in the unionized workforce in recent decades. In 2009, almost half (46%) of unionized workers were women, compared with 38% in 1989. John Schmitt makes a point that at this rate, women will exceed the share of men in the unionized workforce by 2020. Zeroing in on the matter, CEPR occasionally looks at a more specific group of workers represented by unions. For example, here, we seek to examine women in one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S. workforce, the Asian Pacific Americans.
So what are the facts? From 2003 to 2009:
These findings were somewhat unsurprising as the patterns shared similarities with the unionized female workforce as a whole. The regional distribution of unionized APA workforce reflected the distribution of the overall APA workforce. One notable finding, however, is the fact that there was a high participation of immigrant APA workers in unions. Given that only about 12% of overall women workers in unions were immigrants, it is striking to see that among APA women workers in unions, more than 2/3 were immigrants.