In 2022, the rate of union membership dropped to a record low of 10.1%. according to a Thursday report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), despite President Joe Biden’s promise to bolster American unions.
Biden Promised “be the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen” A group of supporters, the night before the 2020 election. according According to the Associated Press, he signed an executive Order in April 2021 creating A task force was established to study how the federal government could increase membership. Union membership declined in 2021 and 2022 despite these efforts. New non-union jobs outpaced those of union workers. according To the BLS.
“I campaigned to restore the backbone of this country: the middle class and unions,” Biden wrote July 2022 “Because I know this. The middle class built America and unions build the middle class.”
Unions built the middle class in this country – and we couldn’t have gotten this infrastructure law done without them. pic.twitter.com/5MjEZpNXM0
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 20, 2021
According to the BLS, 10.3 percent of union members were present in 2021. This is still a significant drop from the 20.1 percent recorded in 1983, which was the first year these data were collected. The largest proportion of union members remains to be government employees. 33.1 percent of workers in the public sector are members of unions, while only 6 percent of workers in the private sector are.
Biden’s task force made dozens of recommendations for how the federal government could help increase union membership, such as by bolstering union organizers’ access to workers on federal property and blocking employers from using money from federal contracts in anti-union activities, according The New York Times
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris blamed Stagnant wages, declining union membership, economic inequality, lower salaries for women and people with disabilities, and the weakening American democracy as a 2021 White House factsheet show how this has happened. Biden frequently lists Stimulating unions As one of his top priorities.
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