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Union Organizing Is Down In Georgia, But Not Out

By Kevin Stawicki (October 14, 2021, 11:26 AM EDT) -- Like much of the American South, Georgia is hardly booming when it comes to organized labor, with under 5% of workers in the state belonging to a public or private sector union. But that's not stopping unions from doing all they can to support their members' or organizers' efforts to boost unionization in the Peach State, experts say.

Over the past five years, Georgia has barely seen a 1 percentage point bump in union membership, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, 3.9%, or 165,000 workers, belonged to a union, compared with 194,000, or 4.6%, of the state's workers in 2020. In...

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