New York Union Membership Grew by 75,000 in 2017

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Reprinted from New York Newsday by James Madore on January 22, 2017.

Unions in New York State had a net gain of 75,000 members last year, a reversal from the loss recorded in 2016, new federal data show.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the ranks of private-sector and government unions in the state totaled 2 million in 2017, up nearly 4 percent from a year earlier.

The bureau did not release data for Long Island and the state’s other nine regions. Labor experts and union activists said there are about 250,000 union members in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Union membership in the state has been on a roller coaster ride in recent years. …

NY Newsday 1/22

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