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ANALYSIS: Asterisks in the State of the Unions

June 25, 2019, 4:27 PM

Labor unions’ first-quarter performance was marked by a few statistical bright spots within a broader picture of lower-than-usual activity and higher-than-usual adversity.

This wrap-up draws from Bloomberg Law’s Labor Data on key measurements such as organizing, wage bargaining, unrest, and internal pressures to analyze how unions fared in first-quarter 2019.

Organizing: Record-High Success Amid Record-Low Turnout

Unions won 78 percent of representation elections sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board in the first quarter. It’s labor’s highest success rate for a single quarter in NLRB history.

But there’s an asterisk, and it’s a big one.

As has been the trend ...