Oregon union membership bucks national trend, continues to climb
Posted On: Sep 07, 2012 (15:35:01)
Oregon and California are now tied for the sixth highest unionization rates in the U.S.
For the fifth consecutive
year, Oregon's unionized workforce has increased. Not by a lot, mind you, but
the state is now tied with California for the sixth highest unionization rate
in the U.S., fueled in large part by public employee unions.
The recently released
National Bureau of Labor's statistics for 2011 show some 270,000 Oregon workers
belong to a union, which equates to about 17.1 percent, up just a tick from
2010. However, Oregon's numbers are up 28 percent from 2006, a good-sized jump
over the 2006-2011 reporting period.
The national average for
2011 was 11.8 percent.
The Eugene Register-Guard recently published an in-depth story on unions in
Oregon, quoting, among others, Oregon AFSCME Communications Director Don
Loving. You can click here to
jump to that article, penned by Register-Guard reporter Sherri Buri McDonald.
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