Women and Families Benefit From Union Membership, New Study Finds

ceprA new report from the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) finds that women and families benefit from union membership both economically and in terms of family and medical leave.  The new report, titled “Women, Working Families, and Unions,” suggests that women across all education levels who are union members earn, on average, 13 percent more than non-union women even in typically low-wage occupations such as office cleaners.  In addition, women who are union members are also more likely than non-union women to receive health insurance benefits through their job and have access to all forms of family and medical leave.

According to the CEPR report, over 45 percent of all unionized workers are women, and if recent trends continue, women are projected to grow into half of the union workforce by 2025.