Unions’ positive impact on workers’ wages, job security and benefits is well documented, but what isn’t as widely acknowledged is how these higher standards raise the compensation and improve the work lives of even non-unionized workers.

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, “How Unions Help All Workers,” outlines a virtuous circle of organized labor’s beneficial effect on the general workforce, from pay and total compensation to benefits and workplace protections.

“Unions have set norms and established practices that become more generalized throughout the economy, thereby improving pay and working conditions for the entire workforce,” particularly for the vast majority of workers who are not college educated, authors Lawrence Mishel and Matthew Walters write.

Source: http://www.laborresearch.org/