Right-to-work laws could be making matters worse for all workers
By JACOB PASSY – Aug 24, 2017 (via MarketWatch)
As the influence of U.S. labor unions has waned over the last half-century, inequality in American life has increased.
Today, only 11% of American workers are covered by unions, which is a sharp contrast from the 1950s when a third of the U.S. workforce was unionized or in a job represented by a union, according to a new report released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. Unions have weakened in recent years thanks to corporate efforts to quash them and right-to-work legislation.
Union workers these days earn on average 13.2% more than non-unionized workers with similar education and experience in the same sector and, according to the report, the pay differential would be even greater if union membership were higher.