Only 11% of manufacturing workers were union members in 2011, down significantly from 24% in 1986.
Two thirds of those people work in durable goods manufacturing, making products like automobiles, appliances and machinery.
The other third make nondurable goods like food, textiles, paper products and chemicals. These include Hostess workers, who went on strike in early November and then lost their jobs when the company folded.
In manufacturing, union workers make about $836 a week, $56 a week more than non-union employees.
Major unions: United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; International Union of Operating Engineers
Unions have the largest influence in New York, where 24% of wage and salary workers were union members in 2011.
|Overnight Avg Rate||Latest||Change||Last Week|
|30 yr fixed||3.66%||3.58%|
|15 yr fixed||2.79%||2.72%|
|30 yr refi||3.64%||3.57%|
|15 yr refi||2.79%||2.72%|
Today's featured rates:
|5 reasons why Yahoo is making a $1.1 billion mistake|
|Yahoo buys Tumblr, promises to not 'screw it up'|
|Amateur investors tap 401(k)s to buy homes|
|Tesla's fight with America's car dealers|
|Supersize your takeout: Seamless and GrubHub merge|