Older Union and Nonunion Workers and their Jobs in the Health and Retirement Survey

TitleOlder Union and Nonunion Workers and their Jobs in the Health and Retirement Survey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsGustman, AL, Mitchell, OS, Steinmeier, TL
JournalProceedings: Industrial Relations Research Association
VolumeJanuary
Pagination44-53
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction
Abstract

This paper compares a variety of factors associated with retirement between those who are covered by a union on their job and those who are not. Despite the well-publicized decline in union coverage and the elimination of opportunities in the union sector, union members approaching retirement age seem to be enjoying the same benefits they would have when unions were stronger. Union membership among this cohort is still 25 for men and almost 20 for women. Results show that these union members have much higher coverage by pensions and health insurance than non-members. These pension plans are likely to be defined benefit plans and therefore are more likely to encourage early retirement, making these holders more likely to expect to retire earlier.

Endnote Keywords

Labor/Union Status/Retirement Behavior

Endnote ID

8050

Citation Key6539