Fewer Americans Are Members of a Union

The Heritage Foundation has broken down the latest figures on who is — and who is not — a union member, following the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Union membership fell by over 600,000 workers in 2010. In the private sector, 93.1 percent of workers are non-union, more than when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935.

Union membership has fallen because traditional collective bargaining does not appeal to most workers. Polls show that only one in 10 non-union workers want to organize. This makes sense: in the competitive private sector, unions can do little to raise their members’ pay. Additionally, most workers like their jobs and believe they are on the same side as their employers.

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