The union membership rate among American wage and salary earners was 10.8% in 2020, 0.5% more than in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite the small increase, overall membership numbers in the U.S. have been declining for the past few decades, dropping from 17.7 million union workers in 1983 to 14.3 million in 2020. Controversies surrounding unions have pushed away many workers wary of high dues, corruption, and lack of personal autonomy for union members. Nonetheless, Americans today should carefully consider the pros and cons of union membership before deciding what’s right for them.
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