Even though both union workers and nonunion workers’ employment-based health benefits were affected by the recession, union workers’ health insurance coverage suffered less, according to a study from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
For example, union workers covered by health insurance through their own job fell from 82 percent to 80.4 percent between 2007 and 2009, a 2 percent decline. For nonunion workers with coverage through their own job, coverage fell from 55.9 percent to 52.2 percent over the period, a 6.5 percent decline.
The Impact of the Recession on Employment-Based Health Benefits: The Case of Union Membership
Source: Paul Fronstin, Employee Benefit Research Institute, Vol. 32, No. 7, July 2011