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Downturn Continues to Lower Union Membership

The labor market recession continued to exact a toll on union membership, which fell sharply in 2010.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unionized share of the U.S. workforce dropped to 11.9 percent last year from 12.3 percent in 2009.  The private sector unionization rate fell to 6.9 percent in 2010, from 7.2 […]

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Unions Lost Members in 2009, as Overall Employment Fell

Union membership fell in line with the decline in overall employment in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual union membership report released today.  The unionized share of the U.S. workforce dipped to 12.3 percent last year from 12.4 percent in 2008.  For the first time ever, union members in the public sector […]

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