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Report: Michigan labor union memberships rise in 2015

Jillian Otten - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the percentage of employees with union membership rose in 2015.

The Michigan union membership rate -- the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union -- rose from 14.5 to 15.2 percent.

Nationally, the union membership rate unchanged from 2014, remaining at 11.1 percent.

Highlights from the 2015 data

  • Public-sector workers had a union membership rate (35.2 percent) more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers (6.7 percent). 

  • Workers in protective service occupations and in education, training, and library occupations had the highest unionization rates (36.3 percent and 35.5 percent, respectively). 

  • Men continued to have a slightly higher union membership rate (11.5 percent) than women (10.6 percent). 

  • Black workers were more likely to be union members than were White, Asian, or Hispanic workers. 

  • Median weekly earnings of nonunion workers ($776) were 79 percent of earnings for workers who were union members ($980). (The comparisons of earnings in this release are on a broad level and do not control for many factors that can be important in explaining earnings differences.) 

  • Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (24.7 percent), while South Carolina had the lowest (2.1 percent).

Read the full report here.

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