In the 1970s, at the height of its power, the United Auto Workers had more than 1.5 million members. Today it has fewer than 400,000. Some of the reasons behind that include an aging union workforce.
But it’s not just the UAW. As many in the labor movement turn to retirement, unions are looking to rebuild and reinvent with younger members.
Roland Zullo is with the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy at the University of Michigan.
Zullo said that job insecurity is the main reason why young people are not ready to join unions.