January 23, 2015

WINNING THE WAR ON WAGES:

Membership Rate Falls for U.S. Unions in 2014 (MELANIE TROTTMAN, Jan. 23, 2015, WSJ)

The percentage of the workforce represented by unions fell slightly in 2014 to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the year before, continuing a trend of stagnation that suggests labor will have to work harder to rebound from its decadeslong slide.

Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said union membership in the private sector in 2014 fell to a rate of 6.6% from 6.7% in 2013. [...]

The membership rate in the public sector--once a bright spot for union growth that has taken a hit in recent years amid the sector's employment declines--rose slightly to 35.7% last year from 35.3% in 2013. The uptick occurred against a backdrop of declining public-sector employment and was driven by an increasing number of members at the local levels, primarily teachers.

There's much more deflation to come.

Posted by at January 23, 2015 3:28 PM
  

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