A report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that the declining rate of Union membership is costing nonunion workers $133 billion annually in lost wages. This massive sum—which is more that the economic hit workers take when we enter into unfair trade agreements with low-wage countries—is a key reason why hardworking Americans are struggling with stagnant wages and inequality. “This new report from EPI confirms that Union membership is the one clear path to a better life,” says Marc Perrone, UFCW International President. EPI found that by establishing pay and benefit standards, Unions boost wages for all workers. In fact, if Union density in 2013 was as high as it was in 1979, nonunion private sector workers would have earned an extra $52 each week. This is the first study providing a broad estimate of the wage decline for nonunion workers as a result of the erosion of Unions. This report should also remind us that the benefits of a Union contract goes beyond wages. “The EPI confirms that Union membership is the one clear path to a better life, Now more than ever, we in labor must discuss openly the amazing benefits that come to people who join Unions. The UFCW Union family is committed to proving that we can bring better jobs and futures to every hard-working community,” says Perrone.
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