A study released by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that, on average, unionized Canadian workers earn $5.11 per hour more than their non-unionized counterparts.
The study, The Union Advantage in Canadian Communities, outlines the benefits unionized workers bring to Canada’s economy.
“That extra money in the pockets of individual workers means the union advantage is worth a cumulative $793 million per week added to our economy,” said CLC president Ken Georgetti in a press release.
The study also concluded that communities with more union members had relatively higher incomes overall, which contributed to a more diverse mix of businesses and services and a better quality of life.
Numbers varied across the country, with members in Prince Edward Island having the highest wages over non-unionized workers. People in that province earned $9 more per hour than non-union employees. Alternatively, unionized workers in Alberta earned $4.74 more per hour than non-union workers.
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