Union Density

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This is a lecture presentation about the status of union membership in the U.S.

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Union Density

  1. 1. Union Density LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  2. 2. Union Density 2008 <ul><li>12.4% of employed wage and salary workers </li></ul><ul><li>16 million workers organized </li></ul><ul><li>428,000 rise in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>20. 1% in 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>17.7 million workers organized </li></ul><ul><li>37% at peak in 1960 (private sector) </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  3. 3. Decline in Union Density <ul><li>47 year continuous decline </li></ul><ul><li>December 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 8 are union members private and public </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 12 are union members - private </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 3 are union members – public </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  4. 4. Union Density LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  5. 5. Private and Public Sectors Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  6. 6. State Union Density LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  7. 7. Question <ul><li>What percent of the private sector was organized as of December 2008? </li></ul><ul><li>A. 87.6% </li></ul><ul><li>B. 12.4% </li></ul><ul><li>C. 36.8% </li></ul><ul><li>D. 7.6% </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  8. 8. Answer <ul><li>The answer is “C”. </li></ul><ul><li>Correct Answer: 7.6% of the private sector is organized. </li></ul><ul><li>12.4 % of all sectors are organized </li></ul><ul><li>36.8% is the density of the public sector </li></ul><ul><li>87.6% is the potential of union density remaining to be organized </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  9. 9. Union Membership -2008 LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  10. 10. Age Group Membership LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  11. 11. Union Density Graph LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  12. 12. Health Insurance LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  13. 13. Share of Pensions LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  14. 14. CEO vs. Worker Wage Ratio LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  15. 15. Real Wages vs. Corporate Profits LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  16. 16. Decline: Causes <ul><li>Decline of mass production industries </li></ul><ul><li>Automation </li></ul><ul><li>Global Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Mergers </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Labor Laws </li></ul><ul><li>Threats, intimidation, firings, of union activists </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  17. 17. Local Union Transformation <ul><li>Transformation of unions begins at the local union </li></ul><ul><li>Where members join the union </li></ul><ul><li>Where members experience the union </li></ul><ul><li>Where members become involved in the union </li></ul><ul><li>Where members shape the character of the union </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  18. 18. Local Unions Are Keystone <ul><li>Membership Participation </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization and Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>Membership Development </li></ul><ul><li>Community Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Political Influence </li></ul>LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker
  19. 19. Conclusion LS-12 Building Strong Unions - LATTC Instructor - Jim Walker

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