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1121, 23 Jan 20

Union Membership Stagnant in Wisconsin

It appears that we have reached an equilibrium.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 219,000 workers in the state were union members last year, up from 218,000 in 2018. The percentage of workers in unions was unchanged at 8.1%.

The number of workers represented by a union increased from 233,000 in 2018 to 245,000 last year. The percentage of workers represented by unions went from 8.6% to 9.1%. The increases in union representation in 2019 brought the state back to the level it was at in 2016 and 2017.

Wisconsin’s union membership and representation has been relatively steady in recent years after a tumultuous early portion of the decade that saw the passage of Act 10 and right-to-work legislation.

Thanks to Right to Work and Act 10, we know that people who want to be in a union are in a union. Those who don’t want to be in a union don’t have to be. I expect that that makes or healthy, vibrant unions full of people who want it.


1121, 23 January 2020


  1. Mar

    It’s nice that the 245,000 had a choice to join a union the rest of the people had a choice not to join a union.

  2. Jason

    Unfortunately most of those numbers of still in a union are probably the unions initially excluded from Act 10.  Time to finish the work started.

  3. Pat

    Choice is good.

  4. dad29

    Walker, for all the good he did, simply did not have the courage to go up against the Cops and Firemen–who have, by far, the most generous contracts in this State regarding retirement eligibility and ‘on-duty’ disability coverage.

  5. jjf

    Fitzgerald…  prisons…  hmm, where have I heard those two names before?  And it’s not really about courage if it’s about simply offending your base that worships authority figures, is it?

  6. dad29

    Jiffy posts from his Other Planet home.

  7. jjf

    Should’ve used more Capital Letters and an arched eyebrow, then you’d relate, Dad29.

  8. dad29

    Not likely, Jiffy.

  9. jjf

    OK, I’ll drop hints:  Jeff and Scott’s dad did what?

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