I’ll have in-depth analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on union membership in Monday’s communiqué, but here are just a few stats to keep you occupied until then.
* The total number of union members in 2012 was 14,366,000, which is the lowest number since 1950 (14,267,000), when the U.S. workforce was less than half the size it is now.
* The private sector union membership numbers are particularly striking. Since the year 2000, the private sector has added almost 4.4 million jobs, while private sector unions have lost almost 2.2 million members.
* There are now almost 300,000 more union members who work for the government than there are in the private sector.