Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
released its annual summary of unionization in the U.S. It
reports that in 2012, the union-membership rate of wage and
salary workers was 11.3 percent, compared with 11.8 percent in
2011. The trend has been downward for some time: Fifty years
ago, the figure was almost 30 percent.
It’s conventional wisdom that the post-industrial workforce
doesn’t want to be unionized. But survey data show that workers’
desire to join unions has been growing since the 1980s, and a
majority of nonunion workers would now vote for union
representation if given the opportunity. So if workers want
unions, why is unionization falling?