CHICAGO - The number of union members in Illinois dropped from 851,000 in 2013 to 831,000 in 2014, a new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued last Friday indicates. Of the 5,397,000 employed in 2014, 15.1 percent were members of labor unions, compared to 15.8 percent union membership the year before.
Compared to other high population states, Illinois' stats are average for union membership. In California, 16.4 are union members and in New York, 24.4 are union members. Illinois' 15.1 is slightly lower among the top five populated states. Florida is at 5.7 percent in 2014, while union members in Texas are the lowest of the top five most populated states, with 4.8 percent union membership.
The report is here: