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Union Members 2014

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Annual report on union membership in the U.S.  Reports that the union membership rate was 11.1% of American workers, down 0.2 from 2013.   Also provides information on private vs public sector rates, median weekly earnings of union versus nonunion workers, union membership rates among states and more.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Harris v. Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Categories: Headlines,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Supreme Court/courts


5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that some state workers in certain activities cannot be required to pay dues to cover a union’s cost of collective bargaining.  The decision affecting home health care workers in Illinois undercuts a 1977 ruling that localities do have the power to require such payments from school employees.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

Historical and recent labor force  and earnings data for women and men.  From the Census Bureau


Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Education-Higher,Headlines,Labor Unions,Laws/Regulations

Decision of the Chicago area NLRB that college athletes receiving athletic scholarships are employees of the university they represent and are legally entitled to form a union.  A  former quarterback at Northwestern University began the unionization effort to gain medical coverage for players with football-related injuries.   From the National Labor Relations Board Chicago Region Office


Major Work Stoppages in 2013

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Provides statistics and details about 15 major strike actions in 2013, including number of workers involved and duration of strike action.  Also offers annual statistics back to 1947.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Union Members 2013

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that the rate of workers who were members of unions held steady at 11.3% of the American work force in 2013, the same as in 2012.  The rate of union membership for public sector workers was 34% compared to 6.7% for private sector workers.  Also covers characteristics of union members, earnings, and union membership by state.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Hockey Lockout of 2012-2013

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment

Uses the hockey lockout of 2012-2013 to examine work stoppages in professional sports, their causes, and the reasons why owners prefer to lockout players before the season begins rather than face strikes during the season.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employee Benefits in the United States: March 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Reports on the type and prevalence of employment benefits available to full and part-time workers in small, medium, and large establishments and the so-called take-up rates by employees.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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