The following was written by Vince Calio, Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess and published on MSN Money
State of the Unions
The percentage of American workers in unions remained effectively unchanged last year. This marks a departure from the nation’s long-term trend: in the past 30 years, union membership has dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11.2 percent last year.
Despite this long running decline, some states remain union strongholds, while others have almost no union presence. In several states, more than 22 percent of workers were union members last year. Conversely, in five states, less than 4 percent of all employees were union members.