Women in Unions

Women’s share of union members has increased markedly in the last three decades, from 33.6 percent in 1984 to 45.5 percent in 2014. Women represented by a union in the United States earn an average of $212 more per week than women in nonunion jobs. In fact, unionized women earn more than nonunionized women in every U.S. state.

With the goal of informing policy on the issues of social programs, economic security, and the work environment for women, IWPR researches women’s leadership in unions as well as the impact of unionization on employment, income, and benefits overall and in different industries.

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