Not altogether surprisingly, unionized workers have greater access to employee-sponsored medical benefits, paid time off and are in a better position to weather economic downturns, a study showed.
Research by the Economy Policy Institute indicated that 94 percent of workers belonging to a union have the health benefits, while just 68 percent of nonunion workers do. Unionized workers make on average 11.2 percent more in wages than their non-unionized peers doing the same job and who have corresponding education and experience.
Those advantages have been particularly apparent during the pandemic, as union workers have been able to negotiate better pay, health and safety measures, paid sick leave and job security, the EPI noted.
The Washington, D.C. think tank called for federal lawmakers to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would make it easier for private-sector workers to engage in collective bargaining. That legislation, which passed the House, has not been acted on by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.