New Report Shows Unionization Advances Pay and Benefits for Women
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released a report this week that found unions generally have a positive impact on the salaries and benefits of women workers. The study, Unions and Upward Mobility for Women Workers (see PDF), found that all other factors controlled, women who joined a union were more likely to have health insurance through their employer, a pension plan, and higher earnings than their non-unionized equivalents. The study also established that unionization benefits lower earning female workers just as significantly as those with higher paying jobs.
John Schmitt, who authored the study and is a Senior Economist at CEPR said in a press release that "for women, joining a union makes as much sense as going to college…All else equal, joining a union raises a woman's wage as much as a full year of college, and a union raises the chances a woman has health insurance by more than earning a four-year college degree."
Media Resources: CEPR Press Release 12/2/08; CEPR Report 12/08
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United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
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