Wisconsin union membership drops to lowest level in more than 2 decades

Wisconsin union membership declined by 28,000 in 2022, dropping below 200,000 for the first time since at least 2000, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state had 187,000 union members this past year, down from 215,000 in 2021, according to a report from BizTimes. The 13% drop in overall membership was the largest since 2015 and nearly matched the 13.6% decline from 2012. The decline also dropped the rate of union membership in the state from 7.9% in 2021 to 7.1%.

Nationally, total union membership increased almost 2% to a little less than 14.3 million and union representation was up 1.3% to 16 million.

Wisconsin now ranks 34th in the country for overall union representation, down from 29th in 2021 and 26th in 2020.