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January 23, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that only 17% of the nation's civilian workers were members of unions in 1987, down from 17.5% in 1986 and less than half of the 35.5% of the work force represented by unions at their peak in 1945. Overall, union membership declined to 16,913,000, down 62,000 from 16,975,000 in 1986, even though 2.5 million new jobs were created last year, according to the the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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January 10, 2009 | James Oliphant
Senate Republicans spent much of Friday morning trying to draw Barack Obama's choice for Labor secretary, Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte), into a fight over union issues. But she gave them little ammunition, repeatedly refusing to express her opinion on hotly contested issues such as organizing rights. And at the end of her relatively brief confirmation hearing, Solis' nomination did not appear to be endangered.
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January 10, 2009 | James Oliphant
Senate Republicans spent much of Friday morning trying to draw Barack Obama's choice for Labor secretary, Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte), into a fight over union issues. But she gave them little ammunition, repeatedly refusing to express her opinion on hotly contested issues such as organizing rights. And at the end of her relatively brief confirmation hearing, Solis' nomination did not appear to be endangered.
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January 23, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that only 17% of the nation's civilian workers were members of unions in 1987, down from 17.5% in 1986 and less than half of the 35.5% of the work force represented by unions at their peak in 1945. Overall, union membership declined to 16,913,000, down 62,000 from 16,975,000 in 1986, even though 2.5 million new jobs were created last year, according to the the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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