Union Membership Rises in Missouri, Bucking National Trend

By on January 21, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The defeat of a right-to-work law wasn’t Missouri unions’ only victory in 2018: They also added 25,000 members, bucking a national trend.

The gain meant that 9.4 percent of all Missouri workers were union members last year, up from 8.7 percent in 2017. Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that union membership fell to 10.5 percent from 10.7 percent.

Over the last 15 years, however, union membership has fallen faster in Missouri than in the nation. Missouri’s unionization rate in 2003 was 13.2 percent, slightly above the U.S. average.

In Illinois, union membership fell to 13.8 percent in 2018 from 15.0 percent the year before. The number of union members fell by 41,000.

Nationally, 33.9 percent of government workers were union members. The private sector’s unionization rate was just one-fifth as high at 6.4 percent.

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