CT Sees Steep Decline in Union Membership
Hartford – Americans for Prosperity-CT is responding to the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics annual Union Membership report which shows a drastic decline in union membership across the country and in CT.
“Connecticut leads the nation with the greatest proportional drop in union members, experiencing a 2.8% decline,” said AFP-Connecticut State Director JR Romano. “These numbers are yet another indication that the policies of Governor Malloy and the legislature are driving jobs out of Connecticut.”
According to the report,overall union membership in the country fell in 2012 from 11.8% to 11.3% – the lowest since the 1930s. Connecticut experienced a 2.8% decline, going from 16.8% to 14.0%.
“Families are seeing job opportunities in this state vanish,” Romano said. “Connecticut has an opportunity to encourage employers to come here and create jobs by becoming the first right-to-work state in New England. States that adopt right-to-work laws have consistently seen an increase in employment numbers. Something must be done to undo the failed policies of the current state leadership. Adopting right-to-work legislation would be a step in the right direction. We want union members to have the right to choose to belong to a union, but sadly in Connecticut, they can’t even find a job.”