Union membership in WI fell by 4,000 in 2016

Photo by Michelle Stocker, The Capital Times
Photo by Michelle Stocker, The Capital Times

Union membership in Wisconsin last year dropped by 4,000 from 2015, according to a report released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In 2016, 8.1 percent of public and private workers were members of unions, down slightly from 8.3 percent in 2015.
That figure remains below the national average of 10.7 percent.
In 2014, as GOP legislators were pushing right-to-work legislation that bans labor contracts requiring workers to pay union fees, union membership was at 11.7 percent. But between then and 2015, membership fell drastically, dropping by 83,000 members.
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