New Report: Union Weekly Wage for Union Members Higher than Non-Unionists

WASHINGTON (PAI)- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Union density was 11.1% in 2014, a decrease by 0.2% from last year. However, 48,000 members were added last year. The median weekly wage for union members was $207 more than that of non-unionists.


The median wage in 2014 for union women was $904 (89% of $1,015 weekly wage for union men). The median wage for non-union women was $687 (82 percent of $840 median wage for male counterparts)


Cohesive with prior surveys, unions are still concentrated in the Northeast, the Great Lake states. More than half of the 14.576 million members lived in New York (the most union dense), Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, and California. North Carolina is least union dense state.  Alaska and Hawaii were over 20% unionized.


California has the most unionists, followed by New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan. Minnesota is down 2,000 members. In all of these states unionists were between 1 and 8 and 1 in 5 workers. Missouri is down 5,000 members. Big member increases were in New Jersey, Oregon, and Connecticut.


Union density in public sector jobs (35.7%) was more than five times the density in private sector (6.6%), though unchanged from previous years. Unions had 7.358 million private sector workers and 7.218 million in public sector (almost 1.5 million workers whom unions represented, but who are not members.)


Most unionized occupations were local government, utilities, transportation and warehousing, telecommunications, and construction. Least unionized occupations were agriculture, finance, professional services, and bars and restaurants.