Union membership may be the key for women to achieve equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Americans to face hardships, especially women. Now more than ever, union representation can help women gain financial stability and more.

Sharon Johnson, a contributing writer for The Progressive discussed how women have fared during the pandemic and how union membership has helped many women stay afloat on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

Union women in the workforce

Johnson said women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, saying one in five women have lost their jobs due to company decisions or being forced to stay home with children or other dependents.

While American men typically earn more than American women, union representation can close the gap and likely could have prevented many from losing their job or having to make the decision to stay home without pay.

She also said women who belong to a union are many times more likely to have quality health insurance, something that is beneficial during a global pandemic and recession. Also, this coverage often extends to family members, easing the burden of paying higher prices for family health insurance.

Transit workers and CLUW

Johnson, a New York City resident said that she talks to working people who are so grateful for union transit workers that keep the busses and trains clean. It helps people have confidence in the system and return to work.

Johnson also talked about the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), which is an organization of union women, who convene to discuss issues faced by women in the labor movement.


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