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The Union Advantage
Updated On: Jan 13, 2005

The Union Advantage*

Union worker’s median weekly earnings:

$760

Nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings:

$599

Union wage advantage:

27%

 

 

Union women’s median weekly earnings:

$696

Nonunion women’s median weekly earnings:

$523

Union wage advantage for women:

33%

 

 

African American union workers’ median weekly earnings:

$665

African American nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings:

$491

Union wage advantage for African Americans:

35%

 

 

Latino American union workers’ median weekly earnings:

$632

Latino nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings:

$419

Union wage advantage for Latino:

51%

 

 

Asian American union workers’ median weekly earnings:

$759

Asian American nonunion workers’ median weekly earnings:

$681

Union wage advantage for Asian Americans:

11%

 

 

Union workers with guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension:

69%

Nonunion workers with guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension:

14%

Union pension advantage:

55 percentage points

 

 

Union workers who get health benefits:

75%

Nonunion workers who get health benefits:

49%

Union health benefits advantage:

26 percentage points

 

 

Union workers who get short-term disability coverage:

69%

Nonunion workers who get short-term disability coverage:

30%

Union disability coverage advantage:

39 percentage points

 

 

Union workers who get life insurance coverage:

82%

Nonunion workers who get life insurance coverage:

51%

Union life insurance coverage advantage:

31 percentage points

 

 

*From the AFL-CIO

 

 

 

 

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