Treasury Department Releases Report Highlighting the Benefits of Unions to American Workers and the U.S. Economy



The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy released a new report entitled, “Labor Unions and the Middle Class,” that highlights the role that labor unions play in the American economy. Overall, the report found that unions play an important role in addressing longstanding challenges faced by the middle class – including stagnant wages, high housing costs, and reduced intergenerational mobility. In doing so, the report explains that unions contribute to a more robust and resilient economy.

The report’s key findings are: (1) unions raise the wages of their members by 10 to 15 percent, improve fringe benefits, such as retirement plans, and improve workplace grievance policies and scheduling; (2) unionization has spillover effects that extend beyond union workers through heightened civic engagement and workplace safety norms; (3) unions encourage egalitarian wage practices and reduce racial and gender wage gaps; and (4) unions contribute to economic growth and resilience by reducing income inequality.

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