Government employment has been a bright spot for organized labor, but a SCOTUS decision on agency fees could hurts public sector unions.
The main reasons for the decline, according to Brookings:
- The percentage of U.S. workers who are union members fell from 20.1% in 1983 to just 10.5% in 2018, according to the Pew Research Center.
- Dying union membership has been most pronounced in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin ...
- The shift from manufacturing to a services-based economy.
- More people are getting college degrees, and workers with a high school degree or less have typically been more likely to have union jobs.
- The rise of tech, with the attraction of more high-paying, nonunion jobs for the highest-skilled workers.
- Deregulation, which made it easier for nonunion employers to compete.
- The spread of right-to-work legislation, which allows for some workers to receive the benefits of unions without paying dues.
- Aggressive employers who have used tactics like delaying union elections, hiring consultants to help fight unionization and publicly opposing unions.
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Monday, September 2, 2019
Labor Day: Union Decline
Mike Allen and Stef Kight at Axios: