Union Density Continues to Decline
Both the number and percentage of construction workers represented by unions declined in 2004, according to data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unions represented 1.162 million construction workers in 2004, accounting for 15.4 percent of the 7.550 million workers in the industry.
This compares with 1.188 million workers in 2003, accounting for 16.7 percent of 7.126 million workers. In 2000, unions represented 1.268 million construction workers, accounting for 19.0 percent of 6.666 million workers. Despite this decline, construction continues to have one of the highest union membership rates among private industries, second only to the transportation industry.
To view the BLS table of union affiliation data by occupation and industry, click here.
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