I have considered that for both for union and nonunion because that’s what you have to look at not just the hourly rate. Someone can say they make $42 an hour but they don’t get O/T till after 50 or they contribute a gob sum of their insurance cost weekly.Are you slipping? Have you considered total compensation? Employer paid healthcare, pensions or 401K matching. It's all part of the total pay package.
Take for instance some union carriers make less hourly but they don’t pay for retirement or healthcare. When you add that in their total compensation exceeds ours .
When you look at some non union carriers the hourly rate is higher but they don’t get overtime after 8 or 40 and that pay a large amount of their insurance premium and fund their own retirement.