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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Education-Higher,Headlines,Labor Unions,Laws/Regulations

Decision of the Chicago area NLRB that college athletes receiving athletic scholarships are employees of the university they represent and are legally entitled to form a union.  A  former quarterback at Northwestern University began the unionization effort to gain medical coverage for players with football-related injuries.   From the National Labor Relations Board Chicago Region Office


Major Work Stoppages in 2013

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Provides statistics and details about 15 major strike actions in 2013, including number of workers involved and duration of strike action.  Also offers annual statistics back to 1947.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Union Members 2013

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that the rate of workers who were members of unions held steady at 11.3% of the American work force in 2013, the same as in 2012.  The rate of union membership for public sector workers was 34% compared to 6.7% for private sector workers.  Also covers characteristics of union members, earnings, and union membership by state.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Hockey Lockout of 2012-2013

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment

Uses the hockey lockout of 2012-2013 to examine work stoppages in professional sports, their causes, and the reasons why owners prefer to lockout players before the season begins rather than face strikes during the season.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employee Benefits in the United States: March 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Reports on the type and prevalence of employment benefits available to full and part-time workers in small, medium, and large establishments and the so-called take-up rates by employees.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results from the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey: First Look

Categories: Education,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Information about public school districts in the U.S. including teacher salaries, benefits, collective bargaining agreements, and training programs.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Differences Between Union and Nonunion Compensation, 2001-2011

Categories: Income/Poverty,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Finds that union workers receive larger wage increases, earn higher wages, and have greater access to employer-sponsored benefits, and that these trends persist despite declining union membership.   From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

Categories: Disability,Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Women


This report presents historical and current labor force participation and earnings data for women and men from the Current Population Survey and focuses especially on the rising participation rate, earnings, and educational attainment of women since the 1970s.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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