Union Membership

 February 22, 2019 Union membership declined considerably from 13.1% in 2000 to 10.5% in 2018 and the situation is showing no sign of turning around. Union membership has been on a steady decline since 1945 when roughly one-third of employed people belonged to...

Union Membership — Private vs. Public Sectors

February 22, 2019 The overall rate of union membership has been declining for years and now stands at 10.5%. The unions are finding it increasingly more difficult to penetrate the private sector.  As shown below, amongst private sector workers only 6.4% belonged to...

Union Membership — By State

February 22, 2017 At the very top of the list is Hawaii where 23.1% of its workers belonged to unions.  Union membership in Hawaii s particularly strong among hospitality workers.  It was closely followed by New York with 22.3%.  The main story in N.Y. is the public...

Union Membership — By Occupation

February 22, 2019 In 2018  14.7 million workers belonged to a union.  Of those 7.1 million were in the public sector compared to 7.6 million in the private sector.  However, the union membership rate for public sector works at 33.9% was substantially higher than the...

Union Membership — Weekly Earnings

February 22, 2019 Unions have been extremely successful in attracting higher wages and benefits for their members when compared to comparable earnings for non-union workers. In 2018 union members earned $1,099 per week which is 10% higher than the $999 earned by...