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Union Membership Shrinks in Texas



By Bill O'Neil

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests workers in Texas may be shedding the union label. 

The research shows union membership in the state fell from 5.7% of all workers in 2012 to 4.8% last year. Overall, researchers said half of all states saw increases in union membership in 2013--while the other half saw declines.  

"That actually left the national membership unchaged at 11.3%" said Economist Cheryl Abbott at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At 4.8%, Abbott said Texas Union membership stands just above the all-time low of 4.5% in 2008, and continues what has been a trend in the Lone Star State.  

"Our series goes back to the 1980's--and Texas membership rates have always been below the national average" Abbott said.  


 

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