US union rate hits all-time low

Over the previous yr, there was a spate of articles in US information sources suggesting a attainable resurgence in union membership within the US, together with tales of union membership campaigns at some Starbucks shops, at an Amazon warehouse and amongst graduate college students at some universities. However for the large image, listed here are the most recent annual US union membership figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (January 19, 2023):

The union membership charge — the share of wage earners who had been union members — was 10.1 p.c in 2022, up from 10.3 p.c in 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported as we speak. The variety of unionized wage earners of 14.3 million in 2022 elevated by 273,000 or 1.9 p.c 3.9 p.c from 2021. This disproportionate enhance within the complete variety of wage earners in comparison with the rise in union membership led to a decline within the union membership charge. The 2022 unionization charge (10.1 p.c) is the bottom on report. In 1983, the primary yr comparable union information was out there, the union membership charge was 20.1 p.c and there have been 17.7 million union staff.

Listed below are some extra details about US union membership from the BLS:

  • The union membership charge for public sector staff (33.1 p.c) remained above 5
    instances larger than the speed for workers within the non-public sector (6.0 p.c). …
  • The very best unionization charges had been amongst staff in safety service occupations (34.6 p.c).
    and in schooling, coaching, and librarianship (33.7 p.c). …
  • In 2022, 7.1 million public sector staff had been union members, about the identical as within the non-public sector (7.2 million)….
  • Industries with excessive union density included utilities (19.6 p.c), movie and sound recording (17.3 p.c), and transportation and warehousing (14.5 p.c). Low unionization charges had been present in insurance coverage (1.2 p.c), finance (1.3 p.c), skilled and technical companies (1.3 p.c), and bars and eating places (1.4 p.c).
  • Among the many occupational teams, in 2022 the best ranges of union group had been in safety service occupations (34.6 p.c) and in schooling, coaching and library occupations (33.7 p.c). Unionization charges had been lowest in gross sales and associated occupations (3.0 p.c); Pc and mathematical jobs (3.3 p.c); jobs associated to meals preparation and serving (3.6 p.c); and managerial occupations (3.8 p.c). …
  • Amongst main racial and ethnic teams, black staff continued to have larger union membership charges (11.6 p.c) in 2022 than white staff (10.0 p.c), Asian staff (8.3 p.c), and Hispanic staff (8.8 p.c) .

For some current contributions to union organizing and alternatives for different kinds of organized voices for work, see: