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January 28, 2005

Union Density Falls Again

Drip. Drip. Drip. Year after year.

One more year that the Bureau of Labor Statistics announces that a falling percentage of workers are in unions:

12.5 percent of wage and salary workers were union members, down from 12.9 percent in 2003...

The rate for private industry workers, at 7.9 percent in 2004, was about half what it had been in 1983.

One dangerous trend is that not only is the percentage of workers in unions dropping, but the total number of union members is dropping, after stabilizing for most of the 1990s.

Posted by Nathan at January 28, 2005 06:47 AM