Unions Continue Success In Organizing Healthcare Employees


In recent years, unions have continued to realize greater success in organizing healthcare employees than employees in other industries. Union win rates in the healthcare sector have been at or above 70%, generally about 10% above their win rates in other sectors. Additionally, more elections are taking place in the healthcare industry. The total jumped from 220 elections in 2009 to 305 elections in 2010.

These increases in organizing activity and above-average win rates reflect unions' continued emphasis on organizing more healthcare employees, as well as their effectiveness in doing so. Projections indicate that jobs in the industry will grow at a much faster rate over the next decade than jobs in many other sectors of the economy. Additionally, uncertainty over healthcare reform and related cost-containment measures have resulted in an environment that is even more ripe for union organizing efforts.

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