Labor Unions May be Down, but the Labor Board Roars On

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Today’s news that union membership has fallen to its lowest level since the Great Depression may have employers feeling pretty good. The shrinking risk of a successful union organizing event at your workplace has shrunk even further—only 11.3% of all workers are members of unions today, down from 11.8% in 2011.

But those numbers obscure another reality going on – employees are actually gaining powerful new rights to act collectively at both union and non-union workplace. That’s because of a series of controversial, pro-employee rulings by the National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB) over the past few years. 

Unions: A house divided. Union membership has been on a steady decline for five decades. In their peak during the 1950s, nearly one third of U.S. workers was in a union.

Today, in the private sector, only 6.6% of employees are unionized, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the number of unionized publi...(register to read more)

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