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First-year salary increases for union members trend downward

On average, unions negotiated 3.2% first-year salary increases through April 22 this year, which is a slight decrease from 3.3% in early April, according to Bloomberg Law. First-year pay increases have fluctuated between 3.1% and 3.3% since January.

Still, the first-year pay increase is higher than it was at the same point in 2018, when it was 2.9%. So far this year, 270 contracts have been entered into Bloomberg Law's database of U.S. wage settlements.

The union-negotiated average first-year salary increase matches the average 3.2% pay increases all U.S. workers—unionized and nonunionized—received during the past 12 months.