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Statement by Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga on Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on Union Membership

Jan, 26, 2017

For Immediate Release                          

Contact: Mike Gillis 216.334.9068

 (Columbus, Ohio ) – On Thursday January 26th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new figures on union membership in 2016.  While the national number of union members as a percentage of the workforce dropped 0.4 percent last year, Ohio saw a slight increase of 0.1 percent.  In response to the report, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga issued the following statement:

 “The national drop in union membership is the direct result of continued attacks on working people across the country.  The relative stability of our Ohio membership is attributable to the fact that we have been successful in fending off the worst of these attacks—attacks that political extremists continue to push.  There is simply no substitute for working people bargaining collectively for a fair share of the wealth we help create. Collective bargaining leads to higher wages, better benefits, safer workplaces and a more robust economy.  We will continue to defend these basic rights at every turn.”



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