Union Fail: Wage Freezes in 41% of Union Contracts in 2011


Average first-year union contract increase was 1.4%

At a time when union organizers are doing all they can to recruit new members, this data* [emphasis added] cannot help their cause:

A Bloomberg BNA analysis of collective bargaining agreements negotiated in 2011 found that the average first-year wage increase under contracts negotiated last year was 1.4 percent, compared with 1.6 percent reported in 2010. The average second-year increase in 2011 was 1.7 percent, compared with 2 percent in 2010, and the average third-year increase was 2.1 percent, compared with 2.3 percent a year earlier. Although the average first-year wage increase for all settlements in BNA’s database in 2011 was 0.2 percent lower than in 2010, increases in manufacturing and construction settlements were up 0.8 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

And, here’s where union organizers are going to have a really hard time selling their unions to prospective members:

Forty-one percent of contracts reported in 2011 contained a wage freeze in the first year, 30 percent called for increases of up to 2 percent, 21 percent contained increases of between 2 percent and 4 percent, and the remaining 8 percent provided increases of more than 4 percent.

The analysis is based on a database of 946 agreements covering more than 1.3 million workers reported in Bloomberg BNA’s Collective Bargaining Negotiations and Contracts service during 2011.

And, for this, union organizers expect workers to pay 1.5% to 5% of their pay in union dues?

[Of course, this data is only referring to contracts reached. It does not include the nearly 50% of the time that contracts are never reached for newly unionized units.]

No wonder union membership has fallen so dramatically.


“Truth isn’t mean. It’s truth.”
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* Source:   Daily Labor Report: News Archive > 2012 > April > 04/09/2012, Special Report > Survey Findings > Survey Finds Employees Unlikely to Receive Large Pay Gains



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