Union-represented workers are earning 10.2% higher wages than their non-union peers, enjoying better benefits and collectively raising industry-wide wages, according to a report released Friday by labor committees. House and Senate and shared for the first time with the Guardian.
Joe Biden has pledged to be the most pro-union president in generations, and the report outlining the economic benefits of joining a union has been released as his administration pushes for legislative and executive efforts to support labor unions. rights of workers to organize.
According to report, speak joint economic commission of Congress and the House Education and Labor Committee, unionized workers are also 18.3% more likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance, and employers pay 77.4% more per hour worked for the cost of health insurance for unionized workers compared to non-unionized workers.
Unions have also helped reduce racial and gender pay gaps; unionization is correlated with wage premiums of 17.3% for black workers, 23.1% for Latino workers, and 14.7% for Asian workers, compared to 10.1% for white workers. Overall, unionized women workers earn 4.7% more per hour than their non-unionized counterparts, and in female-dominated service industries, unionized women workers are paid 52.1% more than women workers. not unionized.
“Unions are the foundation of America’s middle class,” said Congressman Don Beyer, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. “For too long, the rich have grabbed an increasing slice of the economic pie. As this report makes clear, unions help tackle economic inequality and ensure that workers actually see the benefits when the economy grows.
The Biden administration’s drive to increase union membership comes amid a wave of union organizing among workers at some of America’s largest employers, including Amazon and Starbucks.
But despite the recent increase in union membership, union membership has declined markedly in recent decades, from 34.8% of all American employees in 1954 to 10.3% in 2021. According to several studies, the decline has contributed significantly to the increase in wage inequality and stagnation.
Business Practices and Legal Changes have also eroded bargaining power of workers, especially from the 1970s, when employers increasingly tried to break union organizing efforts and received only low penalties for violating labor laws.
The report cites the recent resurgence of the American labor movement and strong public support for unions, as a call to action to improve wages and working conditions and support worker organizing.
“As chair of the education and labor committee, I pledge to fight the decades of anti-worker attacks that have eroded workers’ collective bargaining rights,” said committee chair Bobby Scott. education and work.
“With the release of this report, I am once again calling on the Senate to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which would take historic steps to strengthen the right of workers to organize, rebuild our middle class and improve the lives of workers and their families.”