Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71643
Authors: 
Hirsch, Barry T.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7313
Abstract: 
Public sector unionism grew rapidly during the late 1960s and early 1970s following the passage of state collective bargaining laws. During the last thirty years, public sector membership has grown at roughly the same rate as the overall workforce. This paper provides a descriptive overview of union membership growth and economy-wide employment shares in the U.S. federal (non-postal), Postal Service, state, and local government sectors. More limited evidence is provided on changes in relative public/private and union/nonunion wages. Observations are provided on the current debates regarding public/private pay and the role of public sector unions.
Subjects: 
union membership
public sector unions
public sector pay
employment
JEL: 
J45
J5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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