New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, CTW, AFL-CIO, CLC

Labor Unions, Waning Nationwide, Stay Robust in NY

Despite all the attention that has been paid to the union-backed campaign for a $15 minimum wage, the national decline in organized labor has persisted. Still, for three straight years, New York City, the birthplace of the Fight for $15 movement, has bucked that trend, according to a report that was to be released on Monday.

Nationally, fewer than one in nine workers is a union member, a share that has decreased slowly and steadily for more than 15 years, the report says. But in New York City, more than a quarter of workers are unionized, the highest proportion since 2007, according to the report.

“New York continues defying the law of gravity,” said Ruth Milkman, a co-author, with Stephanie Luce, of the annual report, titled “The State of the Unions.” Ms. Milkman and Ms. Luce are professors at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York.

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