Labor Department Says Union Workers Get More Health Insurance
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Labor Department Says Union Workers Get More Health Insurance

October 13, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

WASHINGTON—Union workers are much more likely to get health insurance from their jobs than nonunion workers, according to a study by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released Oct. 6. As of March, it found, 94% of union workers had access to “an employer-provided medical-care plan,” and 76% participated in one.

In contrast, 67% of nonunion workers had access to insurance through their job, and only 48% actually got it.” Union workers who could get insurance coverage from their employer were also more likely to take it, at 81% versus 72% for nonunion workers. The study also found a sharp class disparity on who gets insurance: Among employees whose wages are in the lowest quartile, 37% were offered health insurance and 23% took it, while 93% of those in the top wage quartile had access to coverage and 73% participated in their employer’s plan. Part-time workers had by far the lowest rate of coverage, with only 19% having access to coverage through their jobs and 12% getting it. Read more

October 13, 2017

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