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Union membership and the young

by on September 2, 2013

Some interesting figures from the US on age and union membership in this piece from Quartz, which describes itself as a “digitally native news outlet”.  There is also some commentary suggesting a variety of reasons for the overall union membership decline in the US amongst those aged 16-24.

This seems to reflect the recent analysis (May 2013) by the UK government on ageing union membership within the UK which found that “about 36 per cent of trade union member employees were aged over 50 in 2012, compared with 22 per cent in 1995” , and less the 5% of union members fall into the 16-24 age category.  While there is no commentary on the reasons behind the various trends reported the statistics provide a useful summary across a range of variables and are well worth a look.

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