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Wed Feb 11, 2015, 02:40 PM

W Post: Should you join a union? The research says yes.


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/10/should-you-join-a-union-the-research-says-yes/

A recent study showed that wages declined in newly unionized firms -- but most research still says that you're better off in one than not.



The ability to strike for higher wages: Still a nice thing to have. (Kevin Goldy/The Independent via Associated Press)

By Lydia DePillis February 10

Last week, Vox's Matt Yglesias examined a study that had a depressing outlook for the labor movement. Companies that had recently unionized, economist Brigham Frandsen found, had lower average wages, employed fewer people and were more likely to go belly-up. Yikes!

But itís not usually a good idea to look at studies in isolation. Thereís a lot of other research that complicates the picture. And itís actually an important question: What good are unions, really? Are dues worth the investment?

Although thereís not a lot of evidence on freshly organized firms specifically, which Frandsen focuses on, there's no clear reason why newly unionized firms shouldn't grow to resemble those that have had unions for a long time (granted, in some sectors with very low union density, being unionized could put a firm at a disadvantage -- but there can be productivity gains as well, so death isn't inevitable). And the research there suggests that youíre still better off as a union member than not.

First, letís take a look at that Frandsen study (as well as a later version, which dropped in December). Frandsen looks at very close elections to create a comparable set of unions, and finds that wages declined a year after an election (or, more precisely, the average of the period between six and 18 months after an election). He hypothesizes thatís because the higher-paid workers leave to avoid being subject to a contract that might confine how high their salaries can go ó which would mean that unions drive away top talent.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 11, 2015, 02:46 PM

1. I have been a union member in the past. If I were working now, I wold join in a heartbeat.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 11, 2015, 04:04 PM

2. I work at a pharmacy for a corporate chain.

We are one of the few without a union....I suspect because our store manager is a republican. Other stores within the same corporation are union. Wish we were union.

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Response to samplegirl (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 11, 2015, 07:04 PM

3. U can organize a union there


How many employees work there that aren't management?

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