U.S. labor unions membership fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 of all workers last year, the lowest level since the 1930’s. Total membership fell by about 400,000 workers to 145.4 million according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Interesting to note more than half the loss, about 234,000 came from government workers.
Many people, especially in Sussex County do not favor unions and blame the loss of American jobs to overseas competition. One should think if not for the unions we in this country would be working for what our foreign competition is working for.
Unions have not only brought higher wages for the rest of America’s work force, but minimum working week, vacations, health benefits and much more we would not have had if left up to the corporations.
Unions suffer losses in membership during economic down turns; hopefully as the economy gains strength, so will the unions.