An excerpt from a Government Accountability Office report on multiemployer plans in March:
"The future growth of multiemployer plans is also predicated on the future growth prospects of collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is an inherent feature of the multiemployer plan model. Collective bargaining, however, has been declining in the United States since the early 1950s. Currently, union membership, a proxy for collective bargaining coverage, accounts for less than 9% of the private sector labor force. In 1980, union membership accounted for about 19% of the civilian work force and about 27% of the civilian workforce in 1953. …"