Blacks in Unions: 2012

Source: Steven Pitts, University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, Data Brief, April 8, 2013

This report reveals that the proportion of Black workers in unions in 2012 exceeded the national average. Black union density—the proportion of Black workers that belong to unions—exceeded the union density of non-Black workers. In 2012, 13.1 percent of Black workers were in unions; for non-Black workers, the figure was 11.0 percent. The report also indicates that Black workers were disproportionately in unions relative to their share in the overall workforce. In 2012, 13.3 percent of all union members in the United States were Black; Blacks comprised 11.4 percent of the overall workforce in the United States.
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