N.C. No Longer Least Unionized State in the U.S.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, jeremy@aflcionc.org, 336-255-2711

North Carolina is No Longer the Least Unionized State in the United States

B.L.S. reports union membership is up in a majority of southern states

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 28, 2016) – The North Carolina State AFL-CIO released the following statement from Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan in response to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures about unionization rates in the United States:

“The increase in union membership in a majority of southern states, including North Carolina, confirms what polls have shown time and again: most workers support unions. Unfortunately, with our weak labor laws and lax penalties for companies who violate workers’ rights, too few working people get the chance to join a union, and as a result, we’ve seen wages stagnate and inequality increase.

“History shows that union membership directly correlates with the middle-class’ share of income. That’s why we will continue to work with our community partners and religious leaders to push for laws to protect workers’ right to organize and collectively bargain.”


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working families.  PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.