November Employment Law Bulletin
Unions Optimistic for Workplace and Political Election Victories
Unions have more optimism for growth than we have seen in several years, and the facts back them up. For example, union membership increased by a net of 316,000 from 2016 to 2017, for a total of 14,817,000 members. This is the largest membership growth in a single year in more than a decade. Furthermore, unions are now organizing Millennial and Generation Z employees. Among those in the 16 to 24 age group, union membership increased from 4.4% in 2016 to 4.7% in 2017. Among those ages 25 to 34, union membership increased from 9.2% to 9.4%. There are 50 million American workers between ages 16 and 34. The only other age group where union membership increased was between ages 55 and 64 (13.3% to 13.5%), and those numbers represent 21,778,000 workers….
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