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Union Membership Increasingly Found in Government Sectors

Created on April 11, 2016

Union Membership Increasingly Found in Government Sectors

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Read the original report, "How Government Unions Affect State and Local Finances: An Empirical 50-State Review," by James Sherk, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Geoffrey Lawrence, and Cameron Belt.

Unions were once concentrated in factories, mills, and other sites of private commerce. Today, half of the American union members are government employees, not tradesmen or factory workers.

Note: Figures for 1982 have been interpolated.Source: Barry T. Hirsch and David A. Macpherson, “Union Membership and Coverage Database from the CPS,” 2014, http://www.unionstats.com (accessed November 3, 2015).

CHART 1 • SR 178

Tags: government-unions, unions, finances