The number crunchers at the Canadian Labour Congress have released a detailed report underlining the point they have been making all along — unionized workers make more than non-union workers.
According to the report released today unionized workers across Manitoba make $5.31 per hour more than non-union workers and in Winnipeg they make $5.14 per hour more.
Nationally they make $4.97 per hour more.
"That extra money in the pockets of unionized employees translates into an added $28.3 million every week paid into the local (Winnipeg) economy," said Ken Georgetti president of the CLC. "We know that unionized workers who earn a middle-class, family-supporting wage spend their paycheques close to home and that supports local businesses and the community."
CLC researchers surveyed wages in 30 Canadian communities and found that centres with more union members support a richer mix of businesses and services.