After Dropping For Several Years, Union Membership Holds Steady In 2011


According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership increased by about 49,000 workers in 2011, keeping the percentage of the workforce that is unionized steady at just shy of 12 percent. An increase of 110,000 private sector union workers was offset in part by the loss of 61,000 public sector union workers, as governments at all levels cut their budgets. The slight increase in union workers follows several years of large losses, with the number of union members falling by 1.4 million between 2008 and 2010.