Union Representation in Construction Increases Slightly in 2008
The rate of union representation in the construction industry increased modestly in 2008 for the second consecutive year following a steady decline in the decade preceding 2006. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) reports in its latest biennial report on union representation trends that the percentage of workers represented by a union in 2008 was 16.2 percent. This compares with 14.4 percent in 2007 and 13.6 percent in 2006, according to BLS data.
CLRC notes that both the rate of union representation and the number of union workers increased in every geographic region in 2008, while total construction employment declined in all regions but one. Still, even in the most heavily union region - the east north central region - under 40 percent of construction workers were represented by a union, says CLRC.
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