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Christy McGill, Art Teacher - Divide Elementary School, Lookout, WV.
In nearly every occupational category, workers who are not members of unions have smaller paychecks than union members. By comparing the wages of workers within occupational groups, the cost of not being able to bargain collectively is clear.
|Union Median Weekly Earnings||Nonunion Median Weekly Earnings||Nonunion Weekly Loss in Pay||Nonunion Annualized Loss in Pay|
|Natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations||1026||688||338||17,576|
|Construction and extraction occupations||1040||682||358||18,616|
|Installation, maintenance and repair occupations||1032||768||264||13,728|
|Health care support occupations||527||477||50||2600|
|Protective service occupations||1071||649||422||21,944|
|Food preparation and serving-related occupations||509||405||104||5408|
|Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations||621||440||181||9412|
|Personal care and service occupations||524||462||62||3224|
|Production, transportation and material moving occupations||823||597||226||11,752|
|Transportation and material moving occupations||833||586||247||12,844|
|Sales and office occupations||789||642||147||7644|
|Sales and related occupations||689||691||-2||-104|
|Office and administrative support occupations||808||624||184||9568|
|Professional and related occupations||1098||1046||52||2704|
|Computer and mathematical occupations||1157||1359||-202||-10,504|
|Architecture and engineering occupations||1368||1335||33||1716|
|Life, physical and social science occupations||1209||1127||82||4264|
|Community and social services occupations||1007||783||224||11,648|
|Education, training and library occupations||1050||814||236||12,272|
|Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations||1107||957||150||7800|
|Health care practitioner and technical occupations||1151||1010||141||7332|
|Management, business and financial operations occupations||1159||1172||-13||-676|
|Business and financial operations occupations||1060||1060||0||0|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members -- 2012, January 2013, Table 4. Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by union affiliation, occupation and industry, 2011-2012 annual averages.
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