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Unionized health-care workers paid more, study finds

Benefits and pensions also increase

Posted 1/6/23

Unionized health-care workers earn a higher average weekly salary and are more likely to have health-care and retirement benefits than non-unionized health-care staff, a recent study found.

The Journal of the American Medical Association study, “Trends in Labor Unionization Among US Health Care Workers, 2009-2021,” sought to explore the economic effects of unions across the health-care workforce. The researchers surveyed 14,298 health-care workers throughout the country and found that, between 2009 and 2021, the vast majority were not unionized. Just 13.2 percent of the industry’s workers belonged to unions. 

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