Union membership helps raise workers’ pay. Union workers earn 22.2 percent more than nonunion workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The union advantage is even more for women coming in at 26.7 percent and helps narrow the income gap that disadvantages women.
On an annual basis the 22.2 percent advantage translates into nearly $10,000 for the Union worker. Over a 25 year career that translates into more than a quarter of a million dollar ($250,0000) advantage.