Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Interesting & Random Workers' Rights Statistics

12% African-American workers in unions typically earn 12% more than those without unions.

7 years It took the National Labor Relations Board over 7 years to find Wal-Mart guilty of unionbusting and firing a worker in Nevada.

59% of nurses in a recent survey say that a reason to organize unions is to have a formal channel to work with management to address issues that impact patient care, such as short-staffing and cost-cutting on equipment and supplies.

3,000 to 2,000 The NLRB's staffing level has fallen from nearly 3,000 full time employees in 1980 to fewer than 2,000 in 1998, only slightly more than staffing levels in 1950s. The NLRB caseload has tripled since the 1950s, but the agency's current staffing level remains only slightly higher than staffing levels in 1950.

$330 million v. $231 million $330 million Budget for the Department of Interior to preserve and improve sport fishing $231 million: Annual budget for the National Labor Relations Board.

$3,800 is the average amount employers owed to workers they illegal fired in retaliation for union activity in 2003.

36% of workers who vote against union representation and explain their vote as a response to employer pressure according to a survey of 400 NLRB election campaigns in 1998 and 1999.

$16 an hour is the average amount a Costco employee earns and workers only pay 8% of their health insurance costs.

25% Profits at Costco are 25% higher than at Sam’s Club.

50% Costco employees sell 50% more per square foot of salesspace than Wal-Mart’s rival warehouse chain Sam’s Club

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