Union membership falls to 12% of U.S. workers

Union membership dropped to 12% of U.S. workers last year, extending a steady decline from the 1950s when more than a third belonged to unions.

After membership had held steady at 12.5% in 2005, it declined anew last year, a decrease of more than 325,000 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Membership had been 20.1% in 1983, when the bureau first provided comparable numbers. About 35% of American workers were union members in the mid-1950s.

Source: LA Times