Thursday, May 26, 2011

State of Working Colorado: Wages and unions – Pay convergence

Union and nonunion wages saw a strong convergence in the past two decades. While real median union wages have fallen somewhat, nonunion wages in Colorado have risen more than 20 percent during the same period. In 2007, it appeared the convergence was complete, with union and nonunion wages within 25 cents of each other. However, the recession brought renewed separation. The recent re-polarization in wages between union and nonunion wages underscores the benefits of union coverage.

For more insights, including detailed policy recommendations for enhancing economic security for all Coloradans, check out the State of Working Colorado 2010.

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