State of the U.S. Unions 2021

Eric Dirnbach
8 min readFeb 19, 2021

This is my annual roundup of labor data on union membership, elections and strikes. How is the labor movement doing?

At the beginning of each year a bunch of annual U.S. labor data is released and this is a good time to see what it tells us about how the labor movement is doing. We’ll examine data on union membership, NLRB elections, BLS large strike data and FMCS private sector strike data. My summary from last year can be found here.

Union Membership

Eric Dirnbach

Labor Movement Researcher, Activist, Campaigner, Organizer, Educator, Writer & Socialist, based in New York City. @EricDirnbach