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US union membership dips below 20 million

Union membership in the US has plummeted, a report by the Bureau of National Affairs said Monday, dipping below 20 million for the first time since measurement began in 1968.

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Meanwhile, the United Steelworkers of America, meeting in Cleveland, pledged its support for Walter Mondale. The new report ranks the steelworkers as the largest member union of the AFL-CIO, with 1.2 million members. Nevertheless, many of its members were unemployed in 1982, the BNA noted. The steelworkers are facing their largest membership decline since the Great Depression.