Collective Bargaining Works

When workers stand together as a union and collectively bargain a legally binding contract, they achieve results that make a real difference in their day-to-day lives.

Wages

Union members in the public sector enjoy economic advantages over their non-union counterparts.

Union members enjoy economic advantages over their non-union counterparts.

Union wages are 27% higher than non-union wages.

$10,764: The average that union members make more per year than non-union workers

Women who are union members have an even larger wage advantage, making on average 31% more than the non-union women.

Black/African American unionized workers earn 33% more than their non-union counterparts

Hispanic/Latina women have the largest advantage when it comes to wages, making an incredible 46% more than non-union Hispanic/Latina women. Hispanic/Latino men come a close second, making 44% more than non-union Hispanic/Latino men.

Benefits

Union members are more likely to have access to job-related medical care, paid time off, and retirement security.

Union members are also more likely to have access to employer-provided:

  • Healthcare benefits
  • Retirement plans
  • Life insurance
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation

Information gathered from Bureau of Labor Statistics reports “Union Members — 2014”, January 23, 2015 and “Employee benefits in the United States”, July 25, 2014.