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Union Membership Boosts Women’s Earnings and Economic Security

A powerful force for change in the workforce, labor unions bring transparency to pay negotiations, help employees secure overtime wages, and grant them greater protections. In every state, unionized women out earn women in non-union jobs—an essential wage advantage that would increase women’s economic security following the pandemic-induced “she-cession.” This brief, from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, shares insights on the ways unions narrow gender wage gaps and improve economic security for all women.