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
- Black workers were more likely to be union members than were White, Asian, or Hispanic
- 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
- Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (24.7 percent), while South Carolina had the lowest (2.1 percent).
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