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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Current Population Survey, which reports the wages and demographic characteristics of workers and whether workers are union members or not, unions raise wages of unionized workers by roughly 20% and raise compensation, including both wages and benefits, by about 28% (Walters, 2003). This is a substantial increase in earnings for families in need. Unionized workers often earn higher wages and enjoy better benefits than their non- union counterparts (Romeo, 2011). Unions diminish wage inequality because they raise wages equally for low, middle, and high wage workers. Labor unions set pay standards that nonunion employers follow. For example, a high school graduate whose workplace is not unionized but whose industry is 25% unionized is paid 5% more than similar workers in less unionized industries. This translates in a better standard of living for American families. “Professor John Logan, director of Labor and Employment Studies for San Francisco State University, also believes that whatever labor circumstances a company has, its ability to develop a good labor-management relationship is more predictive of its profitability than strictly a union versus non-union decision point.“(Romeo, 2011) An
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4 organization that has a good relationship with the labor union can improve profits making use of very organized skilled labor force. Labor unions have lower rates of employee turnover, greater job security, and higher employee morale. This translates in a work environment where productivity is directly proportional to profit. The productivity in unionized workplaces negates the disadvantages commonly associated with unions (Walsworth). Labor unions are about fairness to the employees therefore by having skilled trained employees; the industrial productivity can be improved maximizing the systems in place by the labor unions. Labor unions have very specific qualification requirements for the different positions available in an organization. Safety requirements go hand in hand with what labor union employers have to meet. Safety can be a costly affair if not taken seriously in the workplace. Labor unions meet and surpass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration minimum safety requirements. By properly training employees, employers can avoid injury, delays, and litigations. Unions have contrary facts of why unions should not be in the workplace. One of these facts is unions reduce investment for companies. Tax investments corporations make turn out to be redistributed back to union members, making any new investments worthless because companies relay on these union taxes the same way they do government taxes. Research has established firms to invest less in both capital and in research and development as oppose to non-union firms (Hirsch, Connolly, & Hirschey, 1986). Many studies and research have deemed that unions are the direct cause to companies possessing reduced investment by at least 30% reduced capital.
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