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August 31, 2007

Study Shows Number of Immigrant Workers in Unions Has Grown by 30% in the Last Ten Years

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a study earlier this month showing that, as the number of immigrant workers in the U.S. workforce increased by 66 percent between 1996-2006, the percentage who were union members grew by 30. In contrast, the number of native-born workers in unions during this same time period decreased by about 9 percent.

The MPI report, which is based on analysis of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Basic Monthly Data (a monthly survey of about 50,000 households on unemployment and labor force participation), also highlights variations in union representation rates of immigrant workers across industrial sectors.

The demographic shift identified in the MPI study may help explain why labor unions have departed from their historical skepticism of immigrant workers, and instead have become an important force in support of pro - immigrant policies. The support, however, is not uniform across all policies. During the most recent congressional debate over CIR for example, labor unions generally favored legalizing the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, but were divided over the proposals for new temporary worker programs.

The complete report is available on MPI's website http://www.migrationinformation.com/USfocus/display.cfm?id=638

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 31, 2007 06:22 PM


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