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Compensation Tied More Closely to Productivity than Union Power

Created on November 9, 2015

Compensation Tied More Closely to Productivity than Union Power

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Sources: Data for 1930–1980: U.S. Department of Labor, assorted labor union reports/Haver Analytics. These figures exclude employee associations. Data for 1977–2014: Barry T. Hirsch and David A. Macpherson, “Union Membership and Coverage Database from the Current Population Survey,” Unionstats.com, http://www.unionstats.com (accessed February 23, 2015), and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data was interpolated for 1982. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Labor Productivity and Costs," Non-farm business sector. Figures adjusted for inflation using the implicit price deflator.

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