Union or non-union?

U.S. official: Decline in union membership has contributed to more working families struggling to get by.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 28, 2014

 

The unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers in 2013 was 11.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among private-sector employees, the rate was 6.7 percent.

“The data also show that among full-time wage and salary workers, union members have higher median weekly earnings than nonunion workers," U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said.

The median weekly earnings of union members were $950, compared to $750 for nonunion workers.

“Along with higher wages, other data show that union members have greater access to employment-based benefits, such as health insurance, a retirement savings plan, and sick and vacation leave," Perez said.

“Workers' ability to form unions and engage in collective bargaining has been a cornerstone of a strong middle class. The decline in union membership over the last few decades has contributed to more working families struggling to get by.

"When workers have a seat at the table, they are better able to bargain for their fair share of the value they helped create; and that leads to greater economic security and economic mobility for everyone," Perez said. "As our economy continues to recover and we work to create good jobs, we need to ensure workers can lift their voices to raise wages, reduce inequality and help more people climb ladders of opportunity.”

 

Comments

earlduck

" their fair share of the value they helped create"
this is what is called their weekly paycheck.
Mr.perez paints a rosy picture of unionization,but he didn't mention that unionized factories are always looking for greener pasture and most of the time finding them,leaving membership standing out front singing "solidarity forever"

Fairlybadboy

Well said, Mr. Duck. Well said.

Unique perspect...

Union = a middle man that requires funding to get by = less efficient considering entire economical impact. . . common sense, but here they want to exploit economically challenging times to gain a "buzz" to recruit. I have no ears for them [union officials].

voicetress

I'll tell you what the new Union is coming alive...Drug Union. Factories in this county are full of drug controlled employees who cling together and in some cases even their bosses are in on the click. Drugs are so bad it has worked it's way into favoritism and job promotion based on the buddy drug click. When you see people at work who can barely keep their eyes open and they have more energy than a 2 year old belonging to a group of promoted and well treated internal organization; this is the new union in America. Do drugs, supply the drugs and I will keep your job and shelter your positions. And its not one, its a whole lot of employees.

JACKEL

Hey, a new Voice, well said !

nelly

unions take workers money,and does nothing for them.

nelly

unions take money (union dues) from workers and do nothing for them in return

ThomasJefferson

The only thing I know the union did when I was a member,was take my money, and protect the members who didn't do their jobs. I would have preferred to keep my money.

angrybird

Well if you work in Norwalk and aren't in a Private Union you aren't making any money that's for sure!