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The ‘Power’ Of Organizing: Missouri Unions Add 47,000 Members, Putting Total At A 15-Year High

Published Thursday, January 23, 2020
by David Nicklaus/St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The ‘Power’ Of Organizing: Missouri Unions Add 47,000 Members, Putting Total At A 15-Year High

(THE STATE OF MISSOURI) - The defeat of a Right-To-Work (for less) Law in 2018 seems to have given Missouri's Unions a boost as their membership grew by 46,000 last year, bucking a downward national trend.

The increase boosted the state's union membership to 297,000 people, the highest number since 2004.

Union Members now make up 11.1% of the state's workforce, the highest percentage since 2008.

Nationally, union Membership fell by 170,000 last year and is now 10.3% of all Workers, down from 10.5% in 2018.

Last year was the first time since 2003 that Missouri had a higher Unionization Rate than the U.S. as a whole.

In addition to the 297,000 Union Members in the state, 36,000 Missourians are represented by Unions - but are not Members.

A law that voters rejected in 2018 would have allowed those Non-Members to opt out of paying Union Dues.

Nationally, just 6.2% of Private Sector Workers were Union Members, compared with 33.6% in the Public Sector.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the average Union Member earned $1,095 a week last year, compared with $892 for Non-Union Workers.

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