The recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Union Membership in 2001 showed American labor unions gaining 17,000 members last year. The small gain reflected a loss of 35,000 members on private payrolls, masked by a gain of 52,000 in the public sector. That report showed unions in Tennessee losing 30,000 members.
A study by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission finds that the process of setting prevailing wages on public works construction is flawed and can't make accurate determinations. The analysis says the same is true of the federal process for setting Davis-Bacon Act wages. The full report, #304, can be downloaded or may be ordered from their