New study shows apparent link between union membership and a child’s economic future

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(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Children who grow up in homes where a parent is a member of a labor union appear to have a greater chance at economic success than children growing up in nonunion households, according to a new study.

“There are strong reasons to believe that unions may increase opportunity,” researchers at Harvard University, Wellesley College and the Center for American Progress, a think tank, say in their study titled “Bargaining for the American Dream: What Unions Do for Mobility.”

That opportunity can influence a child’s ability to rise above his or her economic standing, according to the study.“First, there […]