AFSCME President Lee Saunders celebrated the report’s results, saying “Today’s report reaffirms that when working people have the freedom to come together and join a union, they enjoy greater economic security and a higher standard of living…In 2020, union membership also provided millions of workers with a strong shield against the brutal economic toll exacted by the pandemic…[U]nion membership rates rose in the public sector – because union members experienced less job loss than their nonunion peers.”

While unions continue to protect their workers from the economic toll exacted by the pandemic, federal funding for states, cities, and towns is necessary to guarantee job security for front line municipal and public service workers into the future.

Read more about the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report here.