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Do unions help workers get higher wages?

It’s practically an article of faith that union jobs pay better. Do they? This graph (from Nate Silver’s “538” blog, based on BLS data) indicates they do. (Note: Public sector wages average more because of higher educational requirements and steady work schedules; most government jobs require college degrees and aren’t subject to the fluctuating work hours of, say, construction or manufacturing.)  The issue is timely because public-sector unions are at risk in a case now before the Supreme Court. Read story here.


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