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Unions and Upward Mobility for Women Workers

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This report uses national data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) to show that unionization raises the wages of the typical woman worker by 11.2 percent compared to their non-union peers. The study goes on to show that unionization also increases the likelihood that a woman worker will have health insurance and a pension. The study also notes that union membership results in health care and pension gain on par with the gains of a college education.

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  • John Schmitt, 2008. "Unions and Upward Mobility for Women Workers," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2008-31, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2008-31
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    1. Richard McGregory, 2013. "An Analysis of Black–White Wage Differences in Nursing: Wage Gap or Wage Premium?," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 40(1), pages 31-37, March.

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    Keywords

    unions; women; wages; benefits; pension;

    JEL classification:

    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
    • J58 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Public Policy
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • J88 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Public Policy

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