SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Union membership up 50,000 in Illinois last year

Friday, Jan 24, 2014

* According to a newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics table, union membership rose by 50,000 people in Illinois between 2012 and 2013. During 2012, union membership stood at 801,000. By 2013 it was 851,000.

As a percentage of total employed, union membership grew from 14.6 percent in 2012 to 15.8 percent in 2013.

By comparison, Indiana’s 2013 union membership percentage was 9.3, Michigan’s was 16.3, Ohio’s was 12.6 and Wisconsin’s was 12.3.

* From a BLS press release

In 2013, the union membership rate–the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions–was 11.3 percent, the same as in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.5 million, was little different from 2012. In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers. […]

In 2013, 7.2 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.3 million workers in the private sector. The union membership rate for public-sector workers (35.3 percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private-sector workers (6.7 percent). Within the public sector, the union membership rate was highest for local government (40.8 percent), which includes employees in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police officers, and firefighters. In the private sector, industries with high unionization rates included utilities (25.6 percent), transportation and warehousing (19.6 percent), telecommunications (14.4 percent), and construction (14.1 percent). Low unionization rates occurred in agriculture and related industries (1.0 percent), finance (1.0 percent), and in food services and drinking places (1.3 percent). (See table 3.)

Among occupational groups, the highest unionization rates in 2013 were in education, training, and library occupations and protective service occupations (35.3 percent each). Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (2.1 percent) and sales and related occupations (2.9 percent) had the lowest unionization rates. […]

Among major race and ethnicity groups, black workers had a higher union membership rate in 2013 (13.6 percent) than workers who were white (11.0 percent), Asian (9.4 percent), or Hispanic (9.4 percent).

By age, the union membership rate was highest among workers ages 45 to 64–14.0 percent for those ages 45 to 54 and 14.3 percent for those ages 55 to 64. […]

In 2013, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $950, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $750. […]

Over half of the 14.5 million union members in the U.S. lived in just seven states (California, 2.4 million; New York, 2.0 million; Illinois, 0.9 million; Pennsylvania, 0.7 million; and Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio, 0.6 million each), though these states accounted for only about one-third of wage and salary employment nationally. [Emphasis added.]

Hat tip: Comptroller Topinka.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


26 Comments
  1. - PublicServant - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    Well with Plutocrats like R Eden, Brucey Carhartt, the Civics, IPI, Reboot etc, workers are looking for some level playing ground. Not surprised about the increased union membership.


  2. - Joe M - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    ==In 2013, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $950, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $750==
    -from the BLS press release.

    That statistic is a pretty good endorsement for why one should belong to a union. There are many other reasons though too. Unions promote safer working conditions and a level playing field with fair workplace rules, to name a couple.


  3. - rauner's inner monologue - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    “And that, my friends, is why Illinois is lagging behind Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio in terms of job growth. If we could only get rid of the unions, employment would boom. We are doing it for their own good. And if we were a right to work state, then I could support raising the minimum wage”
    B. R.


  4. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    Rich in regards towards Illinois union membership. Out of the 50,000 how many were in the private sector compared to the public sector?


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:11 am:

    ===how many were in the private sector compared to the public sector?===

    No breakdown by BLS as far as I could find.


  6. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    Thanks for the quick feedback.


  7. - Norseman - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:16 am:

    Doubtful that a lot came from the public sector. Anyone hear about state or local govt engaging in a hiring frenzy.


  8. - Casual Observer - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    AFSCME and IFT were able to unionize quite a few PSRs and senior management positions in state government in 2012-2013. I’m not sure of the numbers but was in the thousands.


  9. - Chi - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    ==In 2013, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $950, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $750==

    And assumedly, the “not union” members includes business owners, executives, and plutocrats, which drives up the median non-union wage. In other words, an apples to apples comparison of jobs would show an even greater benefit to unionization.


  10. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    ===quite a few PSRs and senior management positions in state government in 2012-2013===

    Drop in the bucket.


  11. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    Thanks Rich and Comptroller Topinka for posting this info.

    I’m glad to see we gained union members. The rate of unionization is still historically low, for the entire country, but I’ll take the good news.

    Not only do union members earn more than their non union counterparts, they do so in the vast majority of occupations:

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t04.htm

    This apparently makes the IPI and other like people furious, since why else would they devote so much time and resources to fight unions? They want to reduce labor costs as much as possible.

    “state or local govt engaging in a hiring frenzy”

    State workers were recently hired to process ACA Medicaid expansion cases, but I’m not sure of the numbers.


  12. - Arizona Bob - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:34 am:

    I would expect that the most of the 50,000 increase in union membership is in the public sector. It seems union manufacturing jobs are really leaving the state and I’m not aware of any big union manufacturing companies expanding or locating here. I’m also not aware of any service industries unionizing. It would be interesting to see which unions experienced the growth.


  13. - walker - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    Actually manufacturing has had a bit of a rebound in Illinois in the two years, and has been starting to hire more full-timers.


  14. - Chi - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    A portion of the increase is porbably due to the economy picking up steam. As construction projects start up, for instance, more construction workers are required. And those that fell behind on their dues while unemployed join up again when work picks up and they can afford it.


  15. - Joe M - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    I’m only guessing, but perhaps the United Food and Commercial Workers and SEIU have played key roles in attracting fast food and discount store employees. There has been a lot in the news nationwide about that union movement


  16. - Joe M - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.il.htm shows in which sectors the number of employees in Illinois increased recently, and which sectors they decreased. There were some sectors where the number of employees did actually increase.


  17. - Marie - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    Anyone working for Illinois government would want to be in the union (unless political) - if you are not political or in the union you will not get a raise since Blago got elected


  18. - Anon - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    I wonder how many of those union members will take a GOP ballot in March to vote against BR?


  19. - Norseman - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 12:51 pm:

    *** ===quite a few PSRs and senior management positions in state government in 2012-2013===

    Drop in the bucket. ***

    If that. One of the Quinn initiatives that passed was legislation to throw management and others OUT of the union.


  20. - Marie - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 1:33 pm:

    The change in membership was sponsored by Cullerton - I wish we did not have to fight so hard to get a union position to get a raise - the real issue is the way things are handled. Merit pay when raises were allowed back in 2003 - can be unfair - we all know that. I come from a republican union organizing family - right to earn a profit - but a right to be treated fairly and compensated that way - Quin and some others could and should do something about that


  21. - Jaded - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    851,000 union members in Illinois and Bruce Rauner and the brain trust he employs actually believe they can win a general election for Governor by, not just attacking unions, but making them the focal point of your attacks?

    Sorry, but I am not sure I get it.

    Maybe one of his supporters who monitor this blog 24/7 can give me the name of the last Illinois Republican Governor (or any Illinois Governor for that matter) who won without at least some union support.


  22. - BMAN - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    America was built on the backs of labor; whether public or private, unions are responsible for the standard of living enjoyed today! While those that hold the purse strings (like Rauner)may sweat on the golf course, labor sweat on the job.


  23. - DuPage - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    @11:46AM, UFCW took quite a hit when Dominick’s closed, several thousand at least. Maybe the numbers were counted before that.


  24. - Dirty Red - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 2:58 pm:

    = Maybe the numbers were counted before that. =

    Or the union still considers them members?


  25. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 3:16 pm:

    “union membership rose by 50,000 people”

    Not the best news for candidates who are attacking unions.


  26. - Bemused - Friday, Jan 24, 14 @ 4:41 pm:

    I always love it when I hear about the high cost of Union Dues. Seems the numbers above show how much the Non-Union Dues are. Talk about grow the economy, put 200.00 per week in all those non-union workers pay checks and see how hot the economy gets. Middle class can not spend what it don’t got.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** LIVE COVERAGE *** Last gubernatorial debate
* Sign of the times?
* A long, long way to go
* Statewide roundup
* Question of the day
* Last night's oddest moment
* So far, it's (an almost) complete news blackout
* Stand down, lefties
* Today's number: $379 million
* Local 150 spending "six figures" on Libertarian candidate
* More on McKinney
* Rauner, GOP matching Madigan's money in House races
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* Down, but not out
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* *** UPDATED x1 - Quinn campaign responds *** Rauner campaign responds to firestorm over Sun-Times reporter's sidelining
* New Quinn ad hits Rauner on nursing homes
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Sun-Times sidelined reporter after Rauner campaign intervention
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Quinn campaign responds to Sun-Times endorsement decision
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth
        * Enterchained lets you hack and slash your way to glory
        * Apple Q4 2014 results break new records
        * Leaked ROM reveals details of Nexus 6/Android 5.0 Ambient Display mode
        * iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads
        * Bing Rewards program comes to Android
        * IPhones dial in larger Apple profit in fourth quarter

        * Where’s All the Social Media Love? (Comic)
        * Prep Your Yard for the Winter Months with Help from This Graphic
        * Rethread a Drawstring with a Safety Pin
        * Apple has huge fourth quarter, reports profit up 13% to $8.5 billion
        * The Mac Was a Surprise Hit in Apple’s Earnings Report, Bests iPad Sales
        * Facebook rolls out more descriptive hover cards
        * How to Uncover Blurred Information in Photographs

        * larry's Offseason Plan
        * Jose Abreau wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
        * Jose Abreu wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
        * Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad.
        * Pnoles' 2014 White Sox offseason plan
        * Former White Sox star Rowand excited for 'little' cousin Shields
        * The South Side Sox 2014-15 White Sox offseason plan project


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Does Pat Quinn Have a Personal Life? - Chicagom.....
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight..
        * Rauner picks up newspaper endorsements..
        * University of Illinois could be at turning point..
        * Voters head to polls on first day of early voting..


        * Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * EPA awards $8.6 million to reduce Lake Erie algae
        * Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in 1 death
        * Judge to rule against Ameren in power line case
        * Voters head to polls on first day of early voting
        * Voters cast early ballots in Illinois
        * School's PTA president accused of stealing funds
        * Truman State student killed by vehicle identified
        * Obama casts his vote early in Chicago
        * Mayor says suspect in 7 deaths is sex offender

        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Sun-Times, Belleville, Champaign, Peoria newspapers endorse Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally
        * Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers
        * Illinois unemployment rate falls again, to 6.6 percent
        * Panel to look at body cameras in eavesdropping law discussion
        * Phil Luciano: Company paying surrounding counties to support Logan Co. marijuana growing center

        * It's official: AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
        * Northwestern, U of C among four hospitals that would treat Ebola patients
        * Bloomberg weighs in for Dold
        * U.S. airlines raise base fares on domestic flights
        * Court rejects appeal from Duane Reade Ex-CEO, CFO


        * Scholar’s take on bishops’ synod: ‘Amazing days if you’re a Catholic’
        * Convicted sex offender in custody after 7 bodies found in NW Indiana
        * Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery
        * Time to get ahead of Ebola
        * $500K bail for woman charged with fatally stabbing boyfriend
        * In Denver, ‘budtenders’ sell legal pot to clients
        * Obama asks Dems at South Side rally to vote for Gov. Quinn
        * Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Sneed: City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is pulling the plug on her job
        * Editorial: Why we are back in the endorsement business


        * Chicago man dead, 2 others charged in Indianapolis robbery
        * George: Sorry if tone of gay-marriage stance hurt
        * Man gets 122 years in murder of ex-girlfriend, 15
        * Murder charges filed against suspect in deaths of 7 women in Gary, Hammond
        * Wilmette police arrest 6 men in cannabis case
        * Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday
        * Emanuel looking at former Preckwinkle chief of staff for city treasurer job
        * CPS gave 38 shots for allergic reactions in year
        * $1.73 million state grant boosts parks' art programs
        * Hinsdale District 86 to vote on teacher contract


        * Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program At Odds With Federal Policy
        * UIS Poverty Series Continues With "American Winter" Screening
        * Third & Final Governor Debate Tonight
        * Politicians On Parade
        * Are Computer Keyboards Killing Cursive?
        * Earlier Than Ever
        * Listen to State Week - October 17, 2014
        * The health problems facing rural and urban poor in Illinois
        * 'Deliverance' Actor Plays Folk Music In Springfield


        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Our Opinion: Re-elect Durbin for another term in U.S. Senate
        * Bill Press: Do you trust your government on Ebola?
        * Quote of the Day: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
        * Our Opinion: Rodney Davis has earned another term
        * Bernard Schoenburg: CWLP’S Burns considers run for city treasurer
        * Rep. Mike Smiddy: Improving care for those fighting breast cancer
        * Deckle McLean: Party imbalance falls along urban, rural lines


        * Jackie Joyner-Kersee shows East St. Louis pupils some fun fitness
        * Belleville food pantry opens new digs
        * Lights activated at Airport and Hershey
        * Randolph County Sheriff: Shannon Wolff
        * Missouri judge to rule against Ameren in power line case
        * Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record
        * Margery Reidelberger
        * Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * Bement woman formally charged with sex abuse
        * Library to hold scavenger hunt


        * Batavia maintains bragging rights
        * Girls volleyball: Top 20 rankings
        * AP Top Ten: How they fared
        * Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album
        * Royals' run to Series sparks memories of Arlington Heights' Splittorff

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Durbin working levers of power, not taking......
        * Durbin working levers of power, not taking......
        * Durbin working levers of power, not taking......
        * Durbin working levers of power, not taking......
        * Durbin working levers of power, not taking......

        * Dear Editor,...
        * Obama to Bypass Congress on Easing of Iran......

        * Medicaid Expansion Increases ER Visits
        * Morning Minute: Tips to make your home more energy efficient this fall
        * Ted Cruz To Headline Chicago Fundraiser For 43rd Ward Republicans
        * Waukegan Teachers Strike Enters 10th Day
        * Quinn, Rauner To Debate Tonight In Chicago
        * Illinois Unemployment Rate Ticks Down To 6.6 Percent In September
        * First-time award signals greater commitment to fundraising
        * Latest poll has Rauner and Quinn tied
        * Sun-Times defends itself and its reporter in Rauner/Quinn controversy
        * Former Labor President Backs Schilling


        * What They’re Saying About Pat Quinn
        * What They’re Saying About Bruce Rauner
        * Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark - 3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining
        * Rauner Sweeping Endorsements Across Illinois
        * Belleville News-Democrat Endorses Rauner




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller