Union membership fell to its lowest rate since 1916 last year, dropping to 11.3% of the...

|By:, SA News Editor

Union membership fell to its lowest rate since 1916 last year, dropping to 11.3% of the workforce from 11.8% in 2011, a BLS report shows. The number of members fell 400,000 to 14.3M even as overall employment increased 2.4M. The reasons for the decline include new laws that reduced the power of unions in Wisconsin, Indiana and other states, and the growth of the service sector, where organized labor has a small presence.