And now for some feel good news: according to a new study, people who live in countries with high union density are happier than inhabitants of countries where few people are union members. According to the author, this is not just a freak correlation; he says there is a causal relationship between union membership and happiness. Unions have a direct impact on the happiness of their members. In addition, they have an indirect impact on the job quality of all workers, making even non-members happier. Denmark is quoted as a country with high union density and a high level of happiness; the US, on the other hand, scores poorly on both measures.
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