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UNION JOBS ARE A TICKET TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, SAYS U.S. LABOR SECRETARY THOMAS PEREZ

August 19th 2016

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez says union members earn about $200 a week more than nonunion workers

“If you are a member of a union, your median weekly income is roughly $200 more than if you are a nonunion member, and that doesn’t include benefits,” Perez said recently in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The information he cited comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bureau examines “median” earnings–the halfway point at which 50 percent of workers make less and 50 percent make more.

In 2015, according to the bureau’s most current figures, the median weekly pay of people who were members of a union was $980. For people who were not union members, the median weekly pay was $776.