Do Unions Really Spur More Pension Benefits?
A new study challenges common beliefs about public pensions and collective bargaining.
Collective bargaining does not correlate as strongly with pension benefit levels as one might expect. At least that's according to a new study from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) entitled Unions and Public Pension Benefits. It's a must-read for anyone engaged in public pension debates. Researchers from Boston College, who've done other fine work in the past, looked at the impact of unionization on employee benefits.
Five variables were studied, and unionization was the one found to be least significant statistically. That's not what most observers and commentators in this community would have expected. Researchers found more correlation with salary levels.
To their credit, Beth Kellar's group at SLGE and their researchers have done some notable and informative work in the field. One does not need to agree with every finding to have immense respect for their research and efforts to illuminate the public policy debates.
As the report has just been released, I haven't had time to carefully study the whole thing, but I wanted readers to be aware of its availability. It's not light summer reading, but it's worthy of your time.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Obamacare Premiums Rise Again, But So Do Subsidies4 hours ago
Despite Plea for Leniency, Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane Sentenced to Prison4 hours ago
Justice Department Replaces Investigators in Long-Stalled Eric Garner Case3 hours ago
Massachusetts High Court Cracks Down on Solitary Confinement2 hours ago
Citing Supreme Court Ruling, Virginia Removes Abortion Restrictions2 hours ago
California's National Guard Repayment Problem Probably Extends Beyond the State1 hour ago