National report highlights union growth nationally
Plus … an 18% wage difference compared to non-union workers.
A report issued recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has some great news for the strength of union membership across the nation.
Here are some of the highlights:
Union membership grew by 273,000 wage and salary workers compared to 2021, a 1.9% growth. In 2022, 14.3 million workers belonged to a union.
A full 33% of all public-sector workers are union members—a rate five times higher than union membership in the private sector.
In 2022, union members (full-time wage and salary workers) had median weekly earnings of $1,216. Non-union, full-time workers had median earnings of $1,029. That’s an 18% difference in weekly pay.
Unions remain strong and are growing. While corporate giants like Starbucks and Amazon are spending millions of dollars to intimidate and harass workers when they organize, 273,000 workers were able to win their union in the face of blatant union-busting. Unions have the momentum, and that’s a sign of worker power and resilience.
Unions currently have a 60-year high approval rate. Last year there was a 53% rise in union elections. It’s clear: Workers want unions, but they face a stacked deck when they organize a union. And corporations know that stalling an organizing drive is an effective union-busting tactic.
There’s more work to be done.
If we want higher union density and more union members, we need labor laws that actually protect our right to organize and that hold union-busting corporations accountable.
Every worker in America who wants to join a union should be able to. It’s as simple as that.
We’re ready to fight corporations, bad bosses, paid-off politicians, and anyone who wants to take away our right to organize and join a union.