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Union Wage Gains Up in January, But Lower Than Same Time in 2019

Jan. 31, 2020, 6:00 PM

Wage gains for union-represented workers in the U.S. rose during the second half of January, based on the latest two-week update of Bloomberg Law’s database of collective bargaining agreements.

The overall average first-year wage increase rose to 3.4% for the year-to-date period that ended Jan. 28, up from 2.9% for the first half of the month. That’s still a bit lower than last year’s average of 3.5% as of the end of January.

Some of the year-to-year comparisons show dramatic changes for industry groups. For example, the average first-year wage increase for the manufacturing sector was 4.2% in 2020, up...

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