Establishments in this industry represent members in employment contract negotiations and provide workplace support. Major organizations in the US include the National Education Association; the Service Employees International Union; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (all based in the US). Outside the US, major organizations include the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and France's General Confederation of Labor (CGT).
Worldwide, trade union membership is highest in Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Canada, and the UK, according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
The US labor union industry includes about 14,000 organizations made up of some 15 million members. About 11% of US workers belong to unions. The union membership rate for public-sector workers is nearly 35%, which is more than five times higher than the rate for private-sector workers.
Business and job growth drive demand. The profitability of individual organizations depends on ability to expand membership. Large unions have stronger bargaining power and advantages in marketing and finance. Small unions can succeed by serving a local market or individuals in specialized industries or professions.
Organized labor's decline in the US over the past several decades has been driven by greater labor mobility, the flight of manufacturing jobs from the US, and Right-to-Work (RTW) and other states laws restricting the power of unions.
Products, Operations & Technology
The majority of revenue comes from member dues, including fees from individual workers and other unions. Unions may also generate revenue from collective
Sales & Marketing
Finance & Regulation
Regional & International Issues
Also includes the following chapters:
Quarterly Industry Update
Trends and Opportunities
Call Preparation Questions
Glossary of Acronyms