Historical American Labor and Union Newspapers Online

Union membership was about 15% in the 1930s and peaked at about 35% in the 1950s in the U.S. Currently, union membership is about 10%, even though in the past couple of decades, public-sector union membership has increased.

Unions, labor movements and workers had specialty newspapers throughout the country. Some of these have been digitized and the links by state are below. Please note that I have excluded subscription databases from the list.

(Updated May 2022; recently added links are in BOLD)

California

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Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Good luck finding articles about your union ancestors!

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