The Union Advantage by the Numbers

Union Advantage by the Numbers

Union workers earn higher wages and get more benefits than workers who don’t have a voice on the job with a union.

 

Union workers’ median weekly earnings $917
Nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $717 $717
Union wage advantage 28% 28%

Union women’s median weekly earnings $856
Nonunion women’s median weekly earnings $639
Union wage advantage for women 34%

African American union workers’ median weekly earnings $772
African American nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $589
Union wage advantage for African Americans 31%

Latino union workers’ median weekly earnings $771
Latino nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $512
Union wage advantage for Latinos 51%

Asian American union workers’ median weekly earnings $909
Asian American nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings $842
Union wage advantage for Asian Americans 1%

Union workers covered by employer-provided health insurance 78%
Nonunion workers covered by employer-provided health insurance 50%
Union health insurance advantage 56%

Union workers without health insurance coverage 2.9%
Nonunion workers without health insurance coverage 14.2%
Nonunion workers are four times more likely to lack health insurance coverage  

Union workers covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 34%
Nonunion workers covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 11%
Union pension advantage 209%

Union workers with short-term disability benefits 47%
Nonunion workers with short-term disability benefits 34%
Union short-term disability benefits advantage 38%

 

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members–2010, Jan. 21, 2011; U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2010, July 27, 2010; Employee Benefit Research Institute, EBRI Notes, October 2009.