DOL Reports Union Membership on Decline

Wednesday, January 13 — The United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported today that in “2012, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.”

The report was released by the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics and details union membership numbers in the public versus private sectors.  The reported stated that public-sector workers had a union membership rate of 35.9 percent (down from 37 percent in 2011), which more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers at 6.6 percent (down from 6.9 percent in 2011).  Construction had one of the highest unionization rates at 13.2 percent (compared to 14 percent in 2011).  The report’s complete breakdown of unionization by industry is HERE.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement today that working men and women “urgently need a voice on the job today, but the sad truth is that it has become more difficult for them to have one, as today’s figures on union membership demonstrate.” President Trumka went on to remind all workers that what “what will define the labor movement of the future, however, is not assaults or the changing economy, but how working people come together to respond to them. We enter 2013 with our eyes open and understand that these challenges offer real opportunities for working people to reshape the future.”

The entire Bureau of Labor Statistics report can be read HERE.