Union Membership and Earnings<br />ABS 6310.0<br />By PresenterMedia.com<br />
<ul><li>Published annually by the ABS
Data taken in August 2010 was released in early May 2011</li></ul>Wages and Earnings Survey<br />
Wages and Earnings Survey<br />Union membership declined from August 2009 – August 2010<br />Currently 18% of the workforc...
Wages and Earnings Survey<br />Teaching is the most unionised profession, at 39%<br />Agriculture is the least, at 2%<br /...
Wages and Earnings Survey<br />The survey breaks people into fourteen groups from highest to lowest paid<br />In the lowes...
Wages and Earnings Survey<br />In the second- and third- highest paid group, 26% are union members<br />The very highest p...
Wages and Earnings Survey<br />25% of non members had no paid leave entitlement<br />8% of members had no paid leave entit...
Wages and Earnings Survey<br />10% of non members had no paid superannuation<br />2% of members had no paid superannuation...
A Comparison between two States<br />Source: BusinessWeek, 30 April 2011<br />
Two-state Comparison<br />
California:<br />85%<br />Two-state Comparison<br />- Number of public employees who are union members<br />Texas:<br />10...
California:<br />$55,941<br />Two-state Comparison<br />- Average public employee salary<br />Texas:<br />$44,666<br />
California:<br />32% increase<br />Two-state Comparison<br />- Increase in public sector retirement pensions in last 5 yea...
A small investment in union membership gives you leverage for:<br />Higher wages<br />Paid leave<br />Retirement savings<b...
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The Union Wage Premium in 2011

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Fresh data confirms the continued existence of the 'union wage premium': the fact that union members statistically receive higher pay than non-members in comparable jobs.

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  • That 82% of non-members includes owner operators, managers, members of the Armed Forces and many other groups who can’t or are unlikely to joinIt also contains a large number of people who would join a union if asked
  • This is all the more striking when you consider that managers are the occupational class most likely to have paid leave.
  • SimilaritiesBoth high tech states – California is home to Google, eBay, Apple and Hewlett-Packard; Texas to Dell the Wi-Fi alliance and many start-upsBoth have healthy industriesBoth have high immigration
  • NB Cost of living is higher in California but, even accounting for this difference in purchasing power, the Californians are still up 10%
  • $8/ week union fees vs $80 or more union wage premium
  • The Union Wage Premium in 2011

    1. 1. Union Membership and Earnings<br />ABS 6310.0<br />By PresenterMedia.com<br />
    2. 2. <ul><li>Published annually by the ABS
    3. 3. Data taken in August 2010 was released in early May 2011</li></ul>Wages and Earnings Survey<br />
    4. 4. Wages and Earnings Survey<br />Union membership declined from August 2009 – August 2010<br />Currently 18% of the workforce are union members<br />- Union membership<br />
    5. 5. Wages and Earnings Survey<br />Teaching is the most unionised profession, at 39%<br />Agriculture is the least, at 2%<br />- Union membership<br />
    6. 6. Wages and Earnings Survey<br />The survey breaks people into fourteen groups from highest to lowest paid<br />In the lowest paid group, 6% are union members<br />In the second- and third- lowest, 9% are union members<br />- Union membership and Income level<br />
    7. 7. Wages and Earnings Survey<br />In the second- and third- highest paid group, 26% are union members<br />The very highest paid group (which includes executives and CEOs!) still includes 18% union members<br />- Union membership and Income level<br />
    8. 8. Wages and Earnings Survey<br />25% of non members had no paid leave entitlement<br />8% of members had no paid leave entitlement<br />- Leave entitlements<br />
    9. 9. Wages and Earnings Survey<br />10% of non members had no paid superannuation<br />2% of members had no paid superannuation<br />- Superannuation entitlement<br />
    10. 10. A Comparison between two States<br />Source: BusinessWeek, 30 April 2011<br />
    11. 11. Two-state Comparison<br />
    12. 12. California:<br />85%<br />Two-state Comparison<br />- Number of public employees who are union members<br />Texas:<br />10% (at most)<br />
    13. 13. California:<br />$55,941<br />Two-state Comparison<br />- Average public employee salary<br />Texas:<br />$44,666<br />
    14. 14. California:<br />32% increase<br />Two-state Comparison<br />- Increase in public sector retirement pensions in last 5 years<br />Texas:<br />4% increase<br />
    15. 15. A small investment in union membership gives you leverage for:<br />Higher wages<br />Paid leave<br />Retirement savings<br />The moral of the story<br />
    16. 16. Sources: ABS Catalogue 6310.0<br /> Seriously, You’d Rather Work in California,<br />BusinessWeek 30 April 2011<br />
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