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|Statement on Annual Bureau of Labor Statistics Union Membership Report|
WASHINGTON, DC— Union membership levels remained largely the same in 2009, holding at 12.3% compared with 12.4% in 2008, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released today. The slight decline corresponds with major job losses in the private sector. However, union membership increased in the public sector, showing that America’s workers do choose unions when strong labor laws protect their rights.
American Rights at Work – http://www.americanrightsatwork.org – is the nation's leading labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to freely and fairly form unions and engage in collective bargaining.
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