B.C. Federation of Labour president misses the point of comparing government and private-sector pay

In a letter to the editor published by the Vancouver Sun, B.C. Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger interprets a recent Fraser Institute study as demonstrating the benefits of joining a union. This misses the main point of our study, which is that government workers in B.C. receive higher wages than their private-sector counterparts, regardless of whether they are covered by a union agreement or not.Using data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, the study finds that government employees in B.C. (federal, provincial and local) receive, on average, 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable workers in the private sector.

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