Unions and Upward Mobility for Service-Sector Workers

Source: John Schmitt, Center for Economic and Policy Research, April 2009

This report uses national data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) to show that unionization raises the wages of the typical service sector worker by 10.1 percent compared to their non-union peers. The study goes on to show that unionization also increases the likelihood that a service sector worker will have health insurance and a pension. The report also notes that workers with service jobs benefit as much from unionization as workers with manufacturing jobs.
See also:
Selected labor-market data for service sector, by state, 2004-2007
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