Thanks to Lauel Ritchie for this data on Canadian Unionization. Our work in challenging precarious employment, domestic workers and addressing ILO conventions which our country refuses to ratify means there is alot of mobilization for Canadian workers and some good campaigns across the country for working families to become engaged with.

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Unionization 2010

The data below is from a special Statistics Canada run, using the Labour Force Survey. Since 1997 StatsCan has published an annual review of unionization in “Perspectives on Labour and Income” on the eve of Labour Day. It’s been delayed until October this year. It provides data by industry, province and gender, and includes benefits and hours of work.
For the First Half of 2010
• Employment averaged 14.26 million during the first half of 2010 (a gain of 171,300 jobs compared to the first half of 2009 when there were 14.09 million).
• Union Members: 4.22 million workers are union members (up from 4.16 million in the same period of 2009).
• Unionization rate: 29.6% of employees are union members (up from 29.5% in 2009)
• Union density rate: Another 288,400 are covered by a contract but aren’t members, for a total 4.51 million workers covered by a collective agreement. That’s a “union density rate” of 31.6% of all employees (unchanged from 31.6% in 2009).
• Public Sector. There are an average 3.51 million public sector workers in 2010
 Unionization dropped slightly for public sector workers to 71.2% (from 71.3% in the first half of 2009).
 The public sector union density rate is 74.8% (down from 75.1% in 2009), including those workers covered by a contract who are not union members.
• Private Sector. There are an average 10.75 million private sector workers in 2010
 Unionization also fell slightly for private sector workers to 16.0% (down from 16.1% in the first half of 2009 – and from 16.3% in 2008).
 The private sector union density rate is 17.5% (down from 17.7% in 2009), including those workers covered by a contract who are not union members.
Annual Averages for 2009

• “unionization” rate = 29.3% (union members)
• “union density” rate = 31.4% (members plus others covered by a collective agreement)

A Cautionary Tale: Only 12.3% of American workers were union members in 2009 (down from 12.4% in 2008). Unionization rates for: private sector = 7.2%; public sector = 37.4%; men =13.3%; women = 11.3%; Black workers =13.9%; white workers = 12.1%.
(from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
​​CAW/lr/sept2010

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