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Unformatted text preview: % in 2005: New York (26.1%), Hawaii (25.8%), Alaska (22.8%), and Michigan and New Jersey (20.5% each). These states have been among the most unionized since at least 1995. North Carolina and South Carolina continued to report the lowest union membership rates, 2.9% and 2.3%, respectively. The largest numbers of union members lived in California (2.4 million) and New York (2.1 million). Just over half (7.9 million) of the 15.7 million union members in the U.S. lived in six states (California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey), although these states accounted for slightly less than one‐third of wage and salary employment nationally. Outline of North American Labor History… LESSONS FROM LABOR’S HISTORY • Organizations that survived have generally been conservative and cautious in their behavior. • With rapid technological change and increased foreign competition, U.S. labor unions will need to take innovative stands if they are to survive and prosper. • Unions will adapt successfully to change. • In the past 200 years, U.S. unions have repeatedly...
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