Unionized workers in Ottawa-Gatineau earn more and spend more in their community than their non-unionized counterparts, according to a new report from the Canadian Labour Congress.
Hassan Yussuff, Canadian Labour Congress president
The CLC surveyed 76 cities and found unionized workers earned $6.60 an hour more than employees who aren’t part of a union.
“The extra earnings by unionized employees translate into an added $58.8 million every week paid into the local community,” CLC president Hassan Yussuff said in a statement.
Across the country, the CLC said unionized workers earned an average of $5.17 an hour more than their non-unionized counterparts, putting an additional $823.3 million a week into the Canadian economy.
CLC researchers determined cities with more unionized workers supported a richer mix of businesses and services.
"We bolster the tax base, which also supports public works, community services and charities,” Mr. Yussuff said.
The Canadian Labour Congress represents 3.3 million Canadian workers.