Unions and Upward Mobility for Low-Wage Workers

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August 2007, John Schmitt, Margy Waller, Shawn Fremstad and Ben Zipperer

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.

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