• According to a study conducted by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers are among the fastest growing groups represented by unions. The analysis, which updates an earlier study, is based on the latest data from the Census Bureau’s current population survey for 2003-2009.
  • The NLRB experienced nearly a 5 percent increase in total case intake during fiscal year 2010. The NLRB received a total of 26,585 cases filed under the NLRA, compared with 25,413 in the previous fiscal year. The representation case filings included 2,969 petitions for certification or decertification of a union representative, up 10.1 percent from the 2,696 in 2009. The regional offices obtained 7,246 settlements in 95.8 percent of merit cases, compared to 7,715 settlements in 2009 and a settlement rate of 95.2 percent. The regional offices conducted 1,790 initial representation elections during 2010, up 6 percent from the previous year. However, separately released NLRB data showed that during the first half of calendar year 2010, unions participated in more NLRB elections but succeeded less frequently than a year earlier. Investigative hearings regarding postelection objections and/or challenges were conducted in 56 cases, up from 54 the year before. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in New Process Steel LP v. NLRB in November 2009, and decided on June 17, 2010, that the two-member board lacked authority to issue decisions. After New Process, 72 enforcement and review cases were dismissed or remanded by federal appeals courts, the acting general counsel reported, noting that the appellate courts ruled on board decisions in only 16 cases. The Board’s orders in the 16 cases were enforced or affirmed in full.
  • According to a study by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of union members decreased to 14.7 million workers on average last year, down 612,000 from 15.3 million workers in 2009. Since 2008, the first year of the recession, unions have lost a total of nearly 1.4 million members. The number of union members employed in the private sector fell by 339,000, to about 7.1 million workers total from 7.4 million, while unions lost 273,000 members in the public sector in 2010, lowering the total to 7.6 million workers from 7.9 million workers the prior year. Including workers who are represented by unions but are not members, the total number of unionized workers fell by 614,000 in 2010, to 16.3 million workers from 16.9 million workers the previous year.