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Union Wage Gains Down Slightly in 2019, New Data Show

Jan. 6, 2020, 8:07 PM

Wage gains for union-represented workers in the U.S. in 2019 didn’t quite match the previous year, based on a year-end update of Bloomberg Law’s database of collective bargaining agreements.

“Calendar year 2019 was a step backward for labor in terms of pay raises. Union negotiators just weren’t able to keep up with the pace that they’d set in 2018. It was especially hard for manufacturing-sector workers, whose unions appeared to opt for bonus payouts over annual increases,” Bloomberg Law analyst Robert Combs said of the latest figures.

The average first-year wage increase for the year was 3.3%, compared with...

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