Workers vote with their feet as union membership rate drops
on January 21, 2011, 04:01 PM
Today the Labor Department reported that in 2010 the union membership rate fell by four tenths of a percentage point, from 12.3 percent to 11.9 percent of wage and salary workers. Both private- and public-sector union membership rates declined.
Among private-sector workers, the rate fell from 7.2 percent to 6.9 percent, continuing a long-term trend. Public-sector unionization, declining from 37.4 percent to 36.2 percent, bucked a prior trend of rising government-sector union membership.
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