Union Membership Hits Record Low Under ‘Most Pro-Union President’

President Joe Biden addresses the AFL-CIO convention, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

At a glance

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday that rates of union membership fell to an all time low of 10.1% in 2022.
  • This news comes despite President Joe Biden’s promise to bolster American unions.
  • Biden pledged to “be the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen” to a group of supporters the night before the 2020 election, according to the Associated Press, and signed an executive order in April 2021 creating a task force to investigate how the federal government could increase union membership.
  • Despite these efforts, union membership continued its long decline in 2021 and 2022 as new non-union jobs outpaced union jobs, according to the BLS.


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