Hot Union Summer & California Union Membership

UC Berkeley's Labor Center's recent analysis of U.S. Census data reflects major shifts in the demographics of organized labor over the past twenty years with the uptake that "it’s not your grandfather’s union anymore." 

Today, "at least half of all of California’s 2.5 million union members are women and that the majority of all union workers are people of color. By contrast, 20 years ago the typical union member in California was a white man. This shift in the portrait of union membership comes as a 'hot union summer' across the state rolls into what promises to be an equally militant fall, with public support for unions higher than it has been since the 1960s. 

Learn more about this labor union phenomenon by accessing the California Union Membership and Coverage: 2023 Chartbook.