Podcast: 10 Ways Unions Benefit the Economy

Episode 10 of the For A Living Podcast is now available on Soundcloud and on iTunes

In this solo podcast, I discuss the following 10 examples of how unions can – and do – improve the economy:

  1. Union workers earn higher wages;
  2. Unions reduce income inequality;
  3. Union workers receive less government assistance;
  4. Union workers contribute more in taxes;
  5. Unions increase productivity in some sectors;
  6. Unions reduce turnover rates;
  7. Unions fight against child labor;
  8. Unions fight against discrimination;
  9. Unions bargain for efficient contracts; and
  10. Unions fight against the power of owners, especially in sports.

Related: Illinois Economic Policy Institute (2015) – Unions Can Increase Efficiency: Ten Examples


For A Living is a weekly educational podcast jointly provided by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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