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Wages for Union-Represented Workers Are Stagnating in 2021

March 8, 2021, 9:45 PM

Union-represented workers aren’t getting substantial pay increases in calendar year 2021, despite the dangers that employees whose jobs require interaction with the public face from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The overall average first-year pay increase in union contracts through late February was 2.7%, the same shown by the previous biweekly update of Bloomberg Law’s database of wage settlements, but much lower than the 3.8% average increase unionized workers got for the same year-to-date period last year.

The first-year average increase for manufacturing contracts remained at 3% in the new update, while the average for state and local government contracts stayed the...

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