|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. president Barack Obama stopped the union bleeding in 2013, but he hasn’t been able to spark sustained increases in union membership – at least not according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
The total number of unionized workers in America stood at 14.6 million in 2014 – up modestly from 14.5 million a year ago. Of course the percentage of salaried workers belonging to a union declined from 11.3 to 11.1 percent. Meanwhile the percentage of public sector workers belonging to a union stood at a whopping 35.7 percent – up from 35.3 percent a year ago.
The private sector percentage? It slipped from 6.7 to 6.6 percent.
In 1983 – the first year the government began tracking unionization – more than 20 percent of the nation’s workforce (17.7 million people) belonged to a union.
South Carolina’s unionization rate? It stood at 2.2 percent in 2014 (down from 3.7 percent in 2013). That’s one of the lowest rates in America.
To watch the unionization rates for all fifty states evolve over time, check out this nifty interactive map from NPR …
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South Carolina shouldn’t get too comfortable, though …
Unions are plotting big moves in the Palmetto State – specifically a major push by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) to unionize the heavily taxpayer-subsidized Boeing aircraft manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C.
Assuming that effort is successful, South Carolina could find itself moving in the wrong direction on this front …