February 28, 2005 / Issue 1-05
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AGC Convention
Learn How to Recruit and Manage Hispanic Workers
Meet New Operating Engineers President at AGC Convention
Open Shop Roundtable to Take Place at AGC Convention
View New Online Supervisory Training Program
Discover How Competitive Companies Build Leaders for the Future
Find Out How to Prevent Future Workforce Shortages With Career Academies and Charter Schools
DOL Representatives to Talk About High Growth Training Initiative, Workforce Investment Boards, and One-Stops at AGC Convention
Building Trades
AGC and Basic Trades Discuss Health Care Costs and Other Mutual Concerns
Union Density Continues to Decline
2004 Bargaining Yields Average First-Year Increase of 3.8 Percent
Craft Workers’ Earnings Rose Slightly in 2004
Executive Salaries Up 4.23 Percent
Labor Supply
Estimated 185,000 Craft Workers Needed Over Next Decade
Government Contractors
Newly Revised Affirmative Action Manual Now Available
Laminated “Beck” Posters Now Available
HR Networking
Save the Date for the Next HR Professionals Networking Forum

  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. [ return to top ]