Unions Lose 600 Thousand.

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    1. "WASHINGTON - The nation's labor unions saw another steep decline in membership last year, even as the economy showed signs of recovery and job losses slowed.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that unions lost 612,000 members in 2010, dropping the unionized share of the work force to 11.9 percent from 12.3 percent in 2009. That follows a loss of 771,000 workers in 2008, continuing a steady decline from the 1950s when more than a third of workers belonged to unions."
    Union membership falls sharply; private sector union ranks at pre-WWII levels | StarTribune.com


    2. Results of a recent Rasmussen poll found that 9% of nonunion workers were interested in joining a union. For public school grads, that means that 91% have no such interest. In fact, maybe that means that 9% are public school grads who didn’t learn to read on their own. (Just 9% of Non-Union Workers Want to Join Union - Rasmussen Reports)

    3. Rasmussen found that even workers in companies who were in danger of losing their jobs, it was still only 9%. What do the 91% know about union membership that the 9% don’t? One can only conjecture.
    In the 1950s some 1/3 of all private-sector workers belonged to a union. Now only 7.6% of nongovernment workers belong to one. From 1997to 2004, private sector employment grew from 66.1 to 103.6 million, but union membership declined from 14.3 to 8.2 million. (AEAweb: Annual Meeting Papers)

    4. An interesting historical anomaly is the period 1945 through 1965, a golden age in many ways. This was the period after the war, when any of our potential competitors were rebuilding from the devastation, making it impossible for the United States economy not to thrive. Beneficiaries included the unions and blue collar high school graduates…who were assured of high paying jobs. That is no longer true, and probably won’t be again, short of a third World War. From H.W. Brands, "American Colossus"
     
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    Good, bad or indifferent unions are always a sign of crappy management.
     
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    Are you saying that management is getting better, and thus the drop in union membership?

    It seems to me that unions are no longer able to make the dues on a par with the benefits that they can accrue.
     
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    The overwhelming majority of Unions historically have been in industry and manufacturing sectors so it is no suprise that they have been hit so hard. And since many of these jobs are gone for good the prospect of regaining any are dim.

    Economists now believe it will take 5 years to recoup the jobs (the number of jobs, no the same type or as high paying jobs) that was lost in the Great Recession. The main increase in jobs the last few years are in health care and this will probably continue with the baby boom generation needing medical care. The flow of money in this country is changing from providing refrigerators, ranges and cars to providing services and medical care. Maybe the icon for the US should be:
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    I pary for their lots.
     
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    They are angry at the union bosses who are no longer representing them.
     
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    While I certainly agree that union leadership is most often corrupt and or incompetent that is a matter of attrition as the better workers climb the corporate ladder. So I would consider that just the nature of the beast.
     
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    Corrupt managment that only wastes money, hurts the companies the workers work for and hurts the US manufacturing sector.

    Unions have a place, but they do more harm then good nowadays!
     
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    People are finally catching on that unions are only out for how much money they can line unions managements pockets with.
     
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    The Republican Party is doing everything they can to destroy the unions, so that their corporate masters will control everything.

    Their desire is to create a plutocratic America much like Dickensian England.
     

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