The Union Advantage for Black Workers

Since at least the early 1970s –and likely earlier– black workers have been more likely than other workers to be union members.

Janelle Jones and I have a new CEPR report out today that looks at the wage and benefit boost that black workers get from union representation. We estimate that unions raise the wages of African-American workers by almost 16 percent, their chance of having employer-provided health insurance by 18 percentage points (relative to a non-union coverage rate of 49 percent), and their chance of having an employer-sponsored retirement plan by 19 percentage points (relative to a non-union rate of 39 percent).

For more details, you can read the whole report here.

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