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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Labor Law Highlights, 1915-2015

Categories: Children,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Women

Highlights important labor law legislation enacted in the past 100 years in the U.S. Includes child labor law, gender and racial equality, working conditions, and union membership. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The De-Licensing of Occupations in the United States

Categories: Careers,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

Draws some parallels between the decertification of labor unions and the de-licensing of occupations by legislation or court order.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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


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