Latest AFL-CIO Membership Report Shows Union Membership Flat

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Trends can be important.  Notwithstanding powerful political support for organized labor from the Obama Administration, the recent trend of American workers to not join unions is continuing.

Every two years, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, known as “AFL-CIO”, discloses the numbers of dues-paying members of its constituent national and international affiliates in the United States.  The table below contains the just-released data from 2012-13 and includes some interesting historical data (expressed in thousands). 

 PERIOD

 MEMBERSHIP

 PERIOD

 MEMBERSHIP

 1955

 12,622

 1980-81

 13,602

 1956-57

 13,020

 1982-83

 13,758

 1958-59

 12,779

 1984-85

 13,109

 1960-61

 12,553

 1986-87

 12,702

 1962-63

 12,496

 1988-89

 13,556

 1964-65

 12,919

 1990-91

 13,933

 1966-67

 13,781

 1992-93

 13,299

 1968-69

 13,005

 1994-95

 13,007

 1970-71

 13,177

 1996-97

 12,905

 1972-73

 13,407

 1998-99

 12,952

 1974-75

 14,070

 2000-01

 13,164

 1976-77

 13,542

 2004-05

 12,976

 1978-79

 13,621

 2008-09

 8,374

 

 

 2012-13

 8,429

Overall, union membership in the United States over the past two years was fairly flat.  The relatively small overall membership increase between 2012 and 2013 was due in part to the return of some unions that had disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO.  Several large unions suffered significant decreases in membership, notably the Communication Workers, the Electrical Workers and the UAW.  Significant membership increases were reported, however, for the American Federation of Government Employees and UNITE HERE.

Topics:  AFL-CIO, Unions

Published In: Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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