Labor Unions Make a Difference in Working Lives of Black Women, New Report Finds

black women reportA new report released last week by Black Women’s Roundtable examines the state of black women across the country over the last six decades and shows that while significant progress has been made since Brown v. Board of Education, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other key historic markers, there are many crucial social and economic issues that still need to be addressed. The report, titled Black Women in the United States, 2014, draws on data from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services and shows that while black women are more vulnerable to health problems and violence than other groups, they are making social and economic strides in terms of education and business and have benefitted from union membership.

In particular, black women in the U.S. have maintained a higher rate of unionization than other groups.  In addition, black women who are covered under collective bargaining agreements make higher wages and have greater access to benefits than women of all races or ethnicities who are not unionized.

A full copy of the report can be found at