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Union membership may have fallen from its heyday in the 1950s, but roughly 10 percent of workers belonged to a union in 2019, with industries including utilities and construction having the highest membership rates.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics said about 14 million workers were union members in 2019, a year which also brought an uptick in the number of Americans who approve of labor unions.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POWERFUL UNIONS IN AMERICA?
The BLS released the following data on union membership by industry this year:
1. Public sector: 33.6%
More than a third of public sector employees belong to a union. This figure includes federal, state and local government employees. Local government has the highest rate of union membership at nearly 40 percent. Local government jobs include firefighters and teachers.