Bob Soutier

union membership
4:49 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Union Numbers Drop In Missouri, Illinois

A labor union rally in Jefferson City in March 2012. The number of Missouri workers in a union dropped two percent between 2011 and 2012.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The percentage of Missouri workers who are members of a union dropped to less than 9 percent in 2012, following two years of slight gains.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its report on Monday. It showed that 51,000 fewer Missouri workers were in a union in 2012 than 2011. The state was part of a larger national trend, but that 2 percent drop was among the largest.

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