According to figures recently released by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly pay of non-union workers rose 2.8 percent in 2011, while that of union workers rose only 0.8 percent. Moreover, the average hourly wage of union workers ($22.86), remains $3.56 lower than that of non-union workers. Still, the cost of employer-provided benefits, including health insurance and retirement plans for unionized workers, increased more during 2011 than did those benefits for non-unionized workers. The cost of employer-provided benefits for union workers is almost double the amount spent on non-union workers, $15.19 per union worker versus $7.74 per non-union worker.