School for Workers, in partnership with Midwest Economic Policy Institute, Illinois Economic Policy Institute, and University of Illinois released the annual State of the Unions 2018, A Profile of Unionization in Wisconsin and in the United States report. The report reflects:
Labor unions continue to increase individual incomes by lifting hourly wages. In Wisconsin, unions worker wages are higher by an average of 12.0 percent. The state’s union wage effect is the 7th -highest in the nation. The union wage differential is greatest for the lowest-earning workers, where hourly incomes are increased by 12.2 percent over similar non-union workers. Unions therefore continue to foster a middleclass lifestyle in Wisconsin and play a vital role in Wisconsin’s economy and communities.