January 21, 2019

Feds: CT union membership dips slightly

PHOTO | Mary White
PHOTO | Mary White
UTAS workers striking over pay and healthcare costs in October.

Union membership and representation in Connecticut fell slightly in 2018, mirroring modest declines recorded nationally, according to federal officials.

The state last year had 268,000 union members, down about 3.5 percent compared to 2017, and 280,000 workers whose jobs are covered by a union or employee association contract, which were also down 5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) said in a report published Friday.

Of more than 1.6 million total workers, union membership in the state fell from 16.9 percent in 2017 to 16 percent in 2018, BEA said. Connecticut ranked sixth in the nation in union membership by percentage, and led all New England states by that measure.

Nationally, union membership fell to record lows last year, with participation falling 0.2 percentage points to 10.5 percent, federal officials said. The U.S. had 14.7 million wage and salary workers belonging to unions in 2018.

That represents a steep drop since federal officials began collecting the national union data in 1983, when there were 17.7 million union workers and the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, BEA said.

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