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Today, only 12% of all workers are union members, and if government...
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The German Police Union (, ) also managed to almost stop its membership decline (at only 0.3%) compared with 2007. The trade union holds the highest proportion of young members aged up to 27 years (11.1%) in comparison with all of the other trade unions.

(1) Data refer to members of a labor union or an employee association similar to a union
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Union membership remained steady in 2017

The German Union of Education (, ), which covers nursery-school teachers, primary and secondary schoolteachers and university staff, even managed to increase its membership by 1.2% compared with 2007. In 2007, the organisation had already managed to almost stop its membership decline, recording a decrease of only 0.3%. The trade union attributes membership gains to recruitment strategies specifically targeting young people – namely students and young teachers – as well as older members, who are encouraged not to give up their membership at the prospect of retirement. GEW succeeded in increasing the number of young members aged 27 years or under by 0.6 percentage points in 2008.

Union membership grew in manufacturing despite an overall decline in manufacturing employment
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Overall, two out of eight trade unions faced a substantial fall in membership levels. The decline remained strong in the Trade Union for Building, Forestry, Agriculture and the Environment (, ), amounting to a decrease of 4.4%, yet was significantly lower than in the previous year. Compared with all of the other DGB-affiliated trade unions, the railway transport union reported a stronger fall-off in membership (4.9%) than in 2007 (3.8%). This decline followed a complicated bargaining round in 2007–2008 with the German railway company () (), involving an intense conflict between Transnet and the German Engine Drivers’ Union’ (, ), which is not affiliated to DGB but to the German Civil Service Association (, ). Transnet then faced internal turmoil when its Chair, Norbert Hansen, resigned from his post shortly after the bargaining round in May 2008 – only to move to the DB board of directors where he became labour director.

Union membership rises, but rate at all-time low | TheHill
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