Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander

70,000

Number of Wisconsin union members and supporters who gathered at the state capitol on Saturday, Feb. 26 to protest the governor’s proposal to end collective bargaining rights (Source: Wisconsin State Journal)

2500

Number of Washington union members and supporters who gathered in Olympia on the same day in support of Wisconsin workers (Source: The Stranger)

$57,113

Median salary of Wisconsin public sector employees with a bachelor’s degree

$51,921

Median salary of Wisconsin private sector employees with a bachelor’s degree (Source: New York Times)

20.1%

Percentage of workers in the United States who were union members in 1983

11.9%

Percentage who were union members in 2010

36.2%

Percentage of U.S. public sector employees who were union members in 2010

6.9%

Percentage of U.S. private sector employees who were union members in 2010 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)