Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su has released a statement regarding the yearly data on union membership.

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Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su released a statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Union Membership data, which reported an increase in union membership. According to the data, there were 139,000 more union members in 2023 than in 2022, resulting in a total of 400,000 more union workers in the country compared to 2021. This growth under the Biden-Harris administration highlights President Biden’s commitment to being the most pro-worker, pro-union president in history.

The increase in unionization was seen primarily in the private sector, with notable gains in industries such as health care, transportation and warehousing, and educational services. These workers recognize the power of unions and are organizing to use that power. In the past year, workers in various industries, including health care, auto manufacturing, transportation, and entertainment, have achieved significant victories at the bargaining table.

It is also worth noting that public support for unions is at its highest since the 1960s, with more than two-thirds of wage and salary workers expressing interest in joining a union. As President Biden often says, unions built the middle class, and it will take unions to rebuild it. The increase in union membership is a positive sign that we are moving in the right direction.

However, there is still much work to be done. Unions have been under attack for decades, with many states passing laws that undermine worker organizing. But in recent years, some states have rolled back these so-called “right-to-work” laws, recognizing the harm they can cause. Additionally, current federal laws allow for unionbusting, which can hinder workers from exercising their rights. That is why the Biden-Harris administration continues to support the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.

In conclusion, Acting Secretary Su’s message to America’s workers is clear: the administration hears their voices and has their backs. The increase in union membership is a positive step, but there is still much work to be done to protect and strengthen workers’ rights. The administration remains committed to supporting and empowering workers across the country.  

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