Bloomberg Law
Jan. 22, 2020, 3:22 PMUpdated: Jan. 22, 2020, 8:53 PM

Unions Shed Some Members in 2019 But Numbers Remain Steady (1)

Andrew Wallender
Andrew Wallender

The percent of U.S. workers belonging to unions fell two-tenths of a percent to 10.3% last year, fueled by an expanding workforce and declining union membership base, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the lowest the union membership rate has been since BLS began tracking the statistic in 1983.

The data continue a trend of relatively steady union membership numbers and slowly declining union membership rates. The decrease could be a wake-up call for unions to focus even more on organizing new members, especially with approval of labor unions near a 50-year high.

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