The other day, we reported on the revised FAR cost principle that implemented a Presidential Executive Order (EO) that disallows any costs associated with preventing or discouraging employees from organizing and joining unions. See: Rights to Organize and Bargain Collectively. Did you ever wonder just how many workers are represented by unions? We did.
Based on data published earlier this year by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the union membership rate in 2013 was 11.2 percent. However, for private sector, the percentage was only 6.7 percent. Public-sector workers had a union membership rate that was five times higher than that of the private sector at 35.3 percent.
This means that more than half of unionized workers in the US get their paychecks from the government.