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Union membership in Indiana projected to fall below 10%

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Union membership nationwide has been on a steady slide for the past 40 years and Indiana is no exception.
    A new Indiana Department of Labor report shows that only 12.5% of workers in Indiana are members of a labor union, down from more than 40% in the mid-1960s. The report predicts that the percentage will fall to 9.5% by 2010.
    In the private sector, only 10% of Indiana workers are currently in a union, and that percentage is expected to severely drop to 5.7% by the end of the decade. In contrast, nearly 28% of Indiana’s public-sector workers are union members, which is actually higher than 20 years ago.  
    Indiana’s union rate runs right on par with the national average of 12%, but it is lower than the union rates in several other Midwest region states, such as: Michigan (19.6%), Illinois (16.4%), Minnesota (16.0%), Wisconsin (14.9%) and Ohio (14.2%).

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