The Union Advantage for Low-Wage Workers

May 15, 2008

After decades of disappointing wage growth and startling inequality increases, a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), released locally by Policy Matters Ohio, shows that unionization reduces inequality and significantly boosts the wages of low-wage workers in Ohio and the United States. The Union Advantage for Low-Wage Workers finds that unionization raises the wages of the typical low-wage worker by 20.6 percent nationwide and by 14.7 percent in Ohio. Unions also raise wages at the middle and top of the wage distribution, but the report found that effects for low-wage workers were larger.

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