The number of union members in healthcare technical and professional occupations grew 2% in 2006 to about 800,000, although union membership as a percentage of the healthcare technical and professional workforce slipped to 12.5% from 12.7% in 2006, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across all industries, union membership fell to 12% of the workforce in 2006, from 12.5% in 2005, the bureau said. Unions gained ground among lower-wage healthcare support workers, such as home-health aides, medical technicians and transcriptionists. The number of healthcare support employees that belonged to unions grew 9% to 312,000, or 10.4% of the healthcare support workforce segment, up from 9.6% of that workforce segment in 2005. -- by Melanie Evans
U.S. issues data on union membership
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