January 24, 2002
The unionization rate of government workers was 37.4 percent in 2001, compared with 9.0 percent among private sector employees.
Union membership rates of government employees have held steady since 1983, while those of private nonagricultural employees have declined. Local government, which includes many workers in the heavily unionized occupations of teachers, firefighters, and police officers, had the highest unionization rate in 2001, at 43.1 percent.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Union membership in government, 2001 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/jan/wk3/art03.htm (visited October 27, 2021).