In the US, union density fell in States like Wisconsin and Indiana, that have introduced anti-union legislation. Meanwhile, union membership rose by 110,000 in the large state of California (density also increased a bit). Alana Semuels of the LA Times consulted a wide range of experts who attribute the growth to dynamic organizing efforts, effective political influence and the large presence of Latino workers:
After working hard to get here, many Latino immigrants demand respect in the workplace and are more willing to join unions in a tough economic environment, organizers say.The militancy of Latino workers is especially relevant because the Latino population in the US is expected to double over the coming two decades. ‘Reports of labour's death have been greatly exaggerated’, an academic comments.
Meanwhile, the German confederation DGB reports that membership loss has all but stopped. Interestingly, unions report significant gains among young workers and agency workers. The private sector union IG Metall reports that membership has grown for the second year in a row.