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Mon Jun 18, 2018, 10:17 AM

6.8 Million Government Workers Represented by a Union Could be Affected by Janus Decision


By Filiberto Nolasco Gomez, Workday Minnesota
June 11, 2018

As union workers await a Supreme Court decisions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 (link is external) the Economic Policy Institue published a paper that examines the demographics of the 6.8 million state and local government workers who are represented by a union.

Key findings include:
A majority (58 percent) of workers covered by a collective bargaining contract in state and local government are women.

African Americans, Latinos, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up one-third of unionized state and local government workers.

While teachers constitute the single largest subgroup, union workers in state and local government also include those serving the public as administrators, social workers, police officers, firefighters, and other professionals.

On average, union workers in state and local government have substantially more formal education than workers in the private sector. Over 60 percent of state and local government union workers have a four-year college degree or more education, compared with one third in the private-sector workforce.

You can read the full report here (link is external): https://www.epi.org/publication/a-profile-of-union-workers-in-state-and-local-government-key-facts-about-the-sector-for-followers-of-janus-v-afscme-council-31/

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