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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 499 - Union States & Our Economic Slump.

Union States, Not Surprisingly, Doing More Poorly In Private Job Creation-

Barack Obama has promised the unions a profoundly reactionary agenda if they can get him elected in November. We're talking, let's go back to the 1930s type of an agenda.

He has promised them that he'll end the secret ballot in union elections, with the card check legislation union bosses have been pushing so hard for in recent years. He has promised them that he'll work to essentially nullify the concept of Right To Work states.

Union bosses are declaring that they will spare no expense to get a Democrat in the White House in 2009. Much is at stake for them, as they have seen steady declines in their membership for decades now. The vast majority of new union members are government employees; few new private jobs are union jobs.

Indeed, take a gander at the data. This graph plots job growth or loss from May 2007 to May 2008 against the percentage of people who are in unions. As union membership goes up, job creation goes down:


Looking at just the states that added private jobs in the past year, the median union percentage is 10.6%. Looking at just the states that lost private jobs in the past year, the median union percentage is 15.4%. For the top 15 states in private job creation, the median union percentage is 9.3%, compared to 15.4% for the bottom 15 states.

Labor laws that empower union bosses to run the economy are counterproductive for workers.

To dive into some of this data, click here for an Excel spreadsheet.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 24 June 2008 06:47 AM