A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute has found that the decline in union membership in the US has eroded the wages of non-union members. Between 1979 and 2013, the share of private-sector workers in a union has decreased from 34% to 11% among men and from 16% to 6% among women. Men in the private-sector without a degree have been hit the hardest by union decline. For non-union men working in the private sector, weekly wages would be an estimated 5% higher in 2013 if union density had remained the same as in 1979. This translates as an annual wage loss of $2,704 for a full-time employee.
Unions maintain wages for non-union workers through agreements which set wage standards. A strong union presence prompts employers to keep their wages competitive to prevent their employees leaving for union jobs.
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31st annual Conference of the Italian Association of Labor Economists, 22-23 September. The conference will be hosted by the University of Trento, and the theme for the 2016 conference is the "Economics of Culture" with the keynote lecture delivered by Paola Giuliano (UCLA Anderson School of Management). The program includes invited lecturers, and parallel and poster sessions, as well as providing the opportunity to analyze and discuss issues related to the functioning of the labor market as well as develop research collaborations. View the full conference program here.
What Works Global Summit, 26-29 September. The Campbell Collaboration, the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (Queen's University Belfast), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and Sense about Science announce the first What Works Global Summit. Dr Olga Nottmeyer, Managing Editor of IZA World of Labor, presents a session with Nick Drydakis and Sandra McNally on Learning What Works in labour marketsat the Council Chamber, BMA House on Monday September 26, 11am.