PEORIA - Union membership in Illinois is seeing a sharp decline.
According to the Department of Labor, the state had a 10 percent drop in the union workforce from 2011 to 2012.
Marty Helfers, the Executive Director for the West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council said he attributes the loss to the economy and changing technology. He said, "The Great Recession has been tough on the trades, and throughout the economy."
He said locally he's beginning to see some gains. He said throughout the recession the council has stayed steady with about 17,000 members.