Unionization and fringe benefits
Ernest B. Akyeampong
In 1999, slightly more than half of all employees were covered by a medical, dental, or life/disability insurance program. About 43% were covered by an employer-sponsored pension plan.
Coverage rates in the three insurance plans for unionized workers were approximately double those for non-unionized (80% versus 40%). The union advantage in pension plan coverage was much larger (80% versus 27%).
A majority of unionized employees enjoyed coverage under all three insurance plans; a majority of non-unionized had no coverage under any plan.
For unionized workers, the chances of being covered were almost the same in both the public and private sectors. For the non-unionized, the chances were much higher in the public sector.
Ernest B. Akyeampong is with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division. He can be reached at (613) 951-4624 or email@example.com.