Unions Still Dying

Membership at 100 year low

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Newly released statistics from the Bureau of Labor show union membership are continuing to fall. Union participation is now at a 100-year low, the Daily Signal reported Friday.

According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, the union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent, with just 14.6 million wage and salaried workers maintaining membership.

In 2013, the union membership rate was 0.2 percentage points higher, at 11.3 percent.

The rate of union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades. It grew slightly from 12.1 percent in 2007 to 12.4 percent in 2008. During President Obama’s first year in office, however, it fell once more.

A Heritage Foundation labor expert attributed unions' continued decline to their inability to adapt to modern times.

James Sherk, a labor economics policy economist at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal that the drop in the rate of union membership can likely be attributed to the antiquated union model.

"They’re selling a product that hasn’t changed that much since the 1930s when America’s labor laws were founded," he said. "Today’s workers simply aren’t that interested in purchasing what unions have to sell."