American workers’ attitudes toward unions have improved strikingly since 2009. Although only 6.6% of private sector workers belonged to a union in 2014 (down from 7.2% in 2009), according to a Gallup poll released on August 17, 2015, 58% of Americans now “approve” of labor unions, an increase of 10 percentage points since 2009. The

According to a Bloomberg BNA report, unions won more representation elections, with a higher win rate, in initial NLRB-monitored representation elections in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, but the number of newly organized employees fell drastically, and unions have been losing decertification elections more often.

Unions won 8.6

Many of the nation’s largest unions lost significant membership in 2012, according to annual financial disclosure reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bloomberg/BNA’s Daily Labor Report has reported. The 2012 reports show the following:

Membership Losses Among Ten Largest U.S. Unions 


Membership Decline


National Education Association (NEA)

99,175 to 3.1 million