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THE UNION AD VANTA GE : AFL-CIO FACT SHEETS
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Trends in Union Membership Page 1 of 1 AFL-CIO C lick t o Pri m Trends in Union Membershi p As wages stagnate, as companies cut back on health insurance and pensions and as work hours gro w longer, more and more workers want a voice on the job with a union . There were 15 .4 million union members in the United States in 2006 . The AFL-CIO represents 1 0 million working men and women . Two and a half million workers have formed new unions since 1996, showing that steady dedicatio n and perseverance is laying the groundwork for greater change in America's workplaces an d communities . Independent polling shows that as many as 58 million workers in America would join a union if the y had a chance—but few ever get that chance because ermploy_ers routinely block workers . efforts t o improve their lives through unions . Increasingly, elected leaders, community groups and religiou s leaders are demanding that companies stop breaking the law and hindering workers' efforts to for m unions . Percentage of Workers Who Belong to Unions, 1995-200 6 Membership as a Percentage of Payroll s i995 1996 1991 1998 1000 1001 1002 2003 2004 2005 100 9 Source : U .S . Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics . Copyright © 2007 AFL-CI O 1 8 1 7 1 6 1 2 1 1 1 D htto ://www .aflcio .ore/ioinaunion/whv/uniondifferencehmiondiff1 l .cfin?RenderForPrint = l 7/2/2007
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The Union Difference Union workers earn higher wages and get more benefits than workers who don't have a voice o n the job with a union . Union workers' median weekly earnings $83 3 Nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $64 2 Union wage advantage 30 % Union women's median weekly earnings $758 Nonunion women's median weekly earnings $579 Union wage advantage for women 31 % African American union workers' median weekly earnings $70 7 African American nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $52 0 Union wage advantage for African Americans 36 % Latino union workers' median weekly earnings $68 6 Latino nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $46 9 Union wage advantage for Latinos 46 % Asian American union workers' median weekly earnings $83 4 Asian American nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $77 4 Union wage advantage for Asian Americans 8 % Union workers with employer-provided health insurance 80 % Nonunion workers with employer-provided health insurance 49 % Union health insurance advantage 63 % Union workers without health insurance coverag e Nonunion workers without health insurance coverag e Nonunion workers are five times more likely to lack health insurance coverag e Union workers with guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 68 % Nonunion workers with guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 14 % Union pension advantage 386 % Union workers with short-term disability benefits 62 % Nonunion workers with short-term disability benefits 35 % Union short-term disability benefits advantage 77 % Union workers' average days of paid vacation 15 day s Nonunion workers' average days of paid vacation 11 .75 day s Union paid vacation advantage 28 % Sources : U .S .
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