Private sector union membership drops to 7.2%

NYHTC — January 27, 2010



For the first time in American history, the number of government workers in unions exceeds the number of private sector workers in unions. In 2008, the number of union members in nongovernmental jobs fell from an already small 7.6 percent to an even smaller 7.2 percent. Fortunately for NY Hotel Trades Council members, despite these figures, the density of their union remains high. Through their work in both organizing campaigns and political campaigns, members have demonstrated their commitment to keeping their union strong, and the union's political power continues to grow.

Greenhouse, Steven. Most U.S. union members are working for the government. NY Times, January 23, 2010.
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