Labor unions struggling with declining membership and waning influence before the pandemic could be poised for a rebound. Data released on Jan. 22 by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics showed decreases in the number of both union and non-union workers. There were just shy of 4.1 million people employed New Jersey in 2019, of which 642,000 were in a union. In 2020, the total dropped to 3.7 million, with just 600,000 union workers. But the report also showed that union members went from making up 15.7% of the state’s workforce in 2019 to 16.1% in 2020. In essence, the pie is shrinking and union labor is making up a larger chunk of it.
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