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June 1990

Measuring union-nonunion earnings differences

Kay E. Anderson, Philip M. Doyle, Albert E. Schwenk

Although wages and salaries have risen faster for nonunion workers than for union workers in recent years, three BLS statistical series suggest that the union edge persists. Estimates of its magnitude depend on the data analyzed. This article discusses recent data from three Bureau of Labor Statistics programs that provide employee compensation and earnings information for union and nonunion workers.

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