If you're open to the idea of making more money and are of the mind society should be more fair and equal, these numbers will probably make the idea of joining a union sound pretty appealing.
According to new data released by the Canadian Labour Congress, unionized workers in Canada earn on average 23% more than their non-unionized friends.
That works out to an average hourly wage of $28.18 versus $22.90 – an extra $5.28 per hour.
What's more? The data shows workers from different backgrounds also benefit from being part of a union, something that reduces gender or intergenerational inequalities and helps raise a family.
Women who belong to unions earn an extra $7.10 per hour (on average) than women who do not. Among indigenous women, the difference is even greater at an extra $7.22 per hour.
Unions also help close the gender pay gap.
Non-unionized women earn an average of $692 per week. Non-unionized men earn $984.
Among unionized workers, a gap still exists… but it’s smaller.
Unionized women earn an average of $938 a week. That’s about 84 cents on the dollar compared to men, in contrast to 70 cents on the dollar for non-unionized women.
New Canadians and young workers
Among new Canadians, unionized workers earn an average of $26.69 per hour while non-union workers earn $22.34, a difference of $4.35 (or 19% more).
Unions also benefit young workers (ages 14-24) who will earn on average $17.45 per hour: $3.74 more than their non-unionized peers.
And provincially, the advantage is even clearer. Unionized young workers in Newfoundland earn a resounding $9.81 more on average.
Here is what the union pay advantage looks like by province / territory
1. Northwest Territories: $10.55
2. Prince Edward Island: $9.13
3. Nunavut: $8.31
4. New Brunswick: $7.41
5. Yukon: $6.65
6. Ontario: $6.57
7. Nova Scotia: $6.43
8. Newfoundland: $6.40
9. Manitoba: $5.79
10. Saskatchewan: $5.48
11, British Columbia: $5.39
12. Alberta: $4.88
13. Quebec: $4.73
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