The Benefits of Unionization for Workers in the Retail Food Industry

Vicky Lovell, Eliane Kim

February 1, 2002
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This Research-in-Brief summarizes the findings of an analysis of the benefits of unionization in the
retail food industry conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Using data from
the Current Population Survey (CPS), a dataset collected monthly by the federal government, this
project compared the wages and benefits of unionized and nonunionized workers in the retail food
industry, particularly for women, single mothers, cashiers, part-time workers, and part-time women
workers.1 The project also suggests policy changes, summarized here, that would allow more women
workers to experience the advantages of unionization.