Union Membership Continues To Decline, Report Says

Law360, New York (January 21, 2011, 6:31 PM EST) -- Union membership rates among U.S. workers continued their downward trend in 2010, falling to 11.9 percent, according to a report released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unions lost 612,000 members in 2010, dropping the number of unionized wage and salary workers to 14.7 million. Unions claimed 15.3 million members, representing 12.3 percent of workers, in 2009.

Membership has steadily declined since 1983, when the bureau first began recording statistics. That year, 17.7 million employees, or about 20 percent of the work force, belonged...
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