November 2009, John Schmitt and Kris Warner

Over the last quarter century, the unionized workforce has changed dramatically, according to this new CEPR report. In 2008, union workers reflected trends in the workforce as a whole toward a greater share of women, Latinos, Asian Pacific Americans, older, more-educated workers, and a shift out of manufacturing toward services.

"The view that the typical union worker is a white male manufacturing worker may have been correct a quarter of a century ago, but it’s not an accurate description of those in today’s labor movement," said John Schmitt, a CEPR Senior Economist and an author of the report. 

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Also see:
The Benefits of Unionization
Unions and Upward Mobility for Asian Pacific American Workers