LABOR MOVEMENT: Union Numbers Down

Posted on: 4:05 pm, September 2, 2013, by

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The number of Iowans belonging to a union has dropped to a new 30-year low.

The Des Moines Register looked at numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found only about one-in-ten Iowa workers belongs to union.

That compares to one-in-six 30-years ago.

Iowa’s decline is representative of the national trend.

Last year, only about 11-percent of American workers belonged to a labor union, nearly half of what it was in 1983.

The president of Iowa’s largest union, AFSCME, is Danny Homan and he represents over 40,000 public employees.

Homan told Channel 13 they’ve still been attracting members.

“I believe nationally there is a low in the labor membership but here in Iowa since the first of the year we’ve signed up over 1,000 new members,” Homan said.

You can watch the entire interview, here.