By Edwin S. Hopson
On January 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released 2013 data on union membership in both the private and public sectors.
The statistics are virtually unchanged from 2012. In 2013, BLS reported that the union membership rate overall was 11.3%, just as it was in 2012. The number of workers belonging to unions was 14.5 million. BLS noted that in 1983, the first year that comparable data is available, there were 17.7 million workers belonging to unions and the membership rate was 20.1%. Continue reading