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Labor Unions
  1. U.S. Labor Unions in the 1940s
  2. U.S. Unions in the Cold War
  3. Public worker unions in the United States
  4. Decline in Strike Activity in the US
  5. Union Membership Across the United States
  6. Right-to-Work Laws
  7. Types of Unions in the United States
  8. The AFL-CIO
  9. Labor Contracts in the United States
  10. Strikes in the United States
  11. What Happens During a Strike
  12. Long Strikes and Violence
  13. The 1964 Civil Rights Act
  14. Union Campaign Contributions and Political Influence
  15. Unions and Politics
  16. U.S. Unions in the 90s and Today
  17. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: George Meany
  18. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: John L. Lewis
  19. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Walter Reuther
  20. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: A. Philip Randolph
  21. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Jimmy Hoffa
  22. Important U.S. Labor Leaders: Caesar Chavez
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Two geared-up firefighters stand by a firetruck.
Jayne Newcombe and Mark St. Hilaire, firefighters in Rensselear Falls, New York.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. Photo by Ken Hammond.
U.S. Unions in the 90s and Today
As a response to falling membership, labor unions turned to merging with each other in the 1980s and 1990s. Small unions merged with larger unions to gain access to huge financial and organizational resources. Large unions benefited from mergers because they bought in new dues-paying members. Today the highest rates of union membership are found in the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific regions. States with a high rate of union membership are states with union shops. Click on Charts and Maps below for additional information about union membership.
Special Terms: rate of union membership  |  union shops

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