Union organizing more successful in 2008

UNIONS WON MORE than two out of three representation elections (66.8 percent) in the first half of 2008, according to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) data by the Bureau of National Affairs’ research division. That is a significant improvement over the same period in 2007, during which the win rate was only 58.5 percent.

The number of private sector elections held was exactly the same (776), but unions won 64 more elections in the first half of this year, increasing the number of workers organized by 35,960 compared to 28,441 in the first half of 2007.