STATEMENT: David Madland on New Union Membership Data Released Today
Washington, D.C. — The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data today showing that union membership in 2013 declined to 11.3 percent of U.S. wage and salary workers in 2012. David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, issued the following statement:
The data released today showing a continued decline in union membership should be alarming for all Americans. Evidence clearly demonstrates the vital role unions play in growing America’s middle class and improving our economy. Rather than strengthening unions, too many state governments have been enacting laws limiting union rights, which decreased the percentage of unionized workers in states such as Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. Instead of passing these harmful laws, we need to move forward and ensure that all workers who would like to join a union are able to do so.
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