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“Union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members... the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.”

—From a study by Assistant Professors Patrick Flavin of Baylor University and Gregory Shufeldt of the University of Arkansas. They cite four “pathways” by which being a union member might improve quality of life compared with not being a member: “These include having greater satisfaction with one’s experiences while working, feeling greater job security, being afforded numerous opportunities for social interaction and integration, and enhancing the participatory benefits associated with more engaged democratic citizenship.”