Friday, January 25, 2013
The percentage of American workers who belong to a union dropped in the past year, including among workers in the federal sector. The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show 11.3 percent of all workers belong to a union. That's down 0.5 percent from last year. It's the lowest since the 1930s. The federal workforce is nearly 27 percent unionized, down about 2 percent. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, blames widespread hiring freezes for the drop in federal union membership.