The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says union membership fell to 12.5 percent of all U.S. employees last year, down from 12.9 percent in 2003. That's the lowest percentage of union workers on record since BLS began tracking such information.
Unions are even less popular in the private work force: Only 7.9 percent of private-sector organizations are now unionized, Labor says. Where are unions strongest? A full 36.4 percent of all government employees are dues-paying union members. Local government employees recorded the highest union rate, at 41.3 percent.
Read the BLS report at www.bls. gov/news.release/pdf/union2.pdf.