Dramatic drop in NYC union membership
The annual report on union density in the city and the state from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, released Monday, reported that 21.8% of all wage and salary workers in the five boroughs were organized, down almost 2 percentage points from the previous year and the same level as in 2012. Still, the level of union density in the city is more than twice the national average.
The losses have been primarily concentrated in the private sector, noted study author Ruth Milkman. In the past several years the rebound in the number of union workers has been primarily because of gains in area where unions have strongholds, including construction and hotels. The tension between construction unions and developers has escalated in recent years as owners have sought to cut costs. Worried about nonunion hotels, the hotel workers union has won a pledge from Mayor Bill de Blasio to institute a special permit process for any new hotels, a de facto requirement that they allow unions. (In return, the union is the most important supporter of the mayor’s presidential campaign.)
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