At Labor of Love, but maybe not so much for the union


  • In 1983 the 1st yr of comparable union stats, we find the union membership rate at 1%. For both 2012 & 13 the rate is 11.3%. There were 17.7M union workers in 1983. Today there are 14.5M unionized workers in the U.S.
  • Public Sector unions membership is 3% more than 5 times higher that the private sector 6.7% (Originally unions were meant for the private sector).
  • Unionization by General Occupations:
  • Mgnt, Prof, Related – 0%
  • Service Occupations – 9%
  • Sales & Office Workers – 6%
  • Natural Resources, Consultation & Material Moving – 15.1%

By State (% unionization)

  1. The birthplace of Unions is NY – 24.4% (LD 1st observed in NY on 9/5/1882)
  2. AK – 23.1%
  3. HI – 22.1%
  4. WA – 18.9%
  5. RI – 16.9%
  6. CA – 16.4%
  7. MI – 16.7%
  8. NJ – 16.0%
  9. IL – 15.8%
  10. NE – 14.6%
  • NC has the smallest unionization rate, 0% followed by AR at 3.5% followed by MS & SC are at 3.7%. UT’s rate is 5th smallest at 3.9%
  • Men’s rate 9%; Women rate 10.5%
  • Black Worker’s rate is 6% vs 12.3% for Whites with 9.4% for the HISPANICS and ASIANS
  • Full time worker 5% vs 6.0% for part timers

All data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Mike Bernacchi

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For over 24 years, University of Detroit Mercy Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi, Ph.D., J.D, has produced "uNDER tHE mIKE-rOSCOPE", a newsletter discussing current "marketing and advertising¹s bends, trends & ends." A well-know fixture in Detroit and national media, UDM's marketing guru has made several appearances on CNN's "Talk Back Live," the Voice of America worldwide radio network (VOA), ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and on the pages of Sports Illustrated, Time, TV Guide, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, to name a few. At University of Detroit Mercy, he has taught courses in Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Communications, Research and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Michael Bernacchi can be reached at 313-993-1116 or Please appropriately attribute the following for their work on uNDER tHE mIKE-rOSCOPE: Yen Ju Lee Robert Rouse Vidhyasagar Natarajan Eric Baumgardner & Ian Young
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