Union Membership Drops To Lowest Levels In 20 Years

DETROIT (WWJ) The number of Michigan workers who belong to a union dropped nearly 12 percent last year, falling to its lowest level in at least 20 years, according to a new government report.

Figures released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that Michigan had 627,000 union workers in 2010. Which is 11.7 percent fewer than the state had a year earlier.

Those numbers are said to be the lowest since the Labor Department began tracking union membership by state in 1989.

Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney blamed the decline in part on the big drop in manufacturing that Michigan experienced.

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