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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 525 -- Union Membership On The Rise.

More Labor Union Members For Second Straight Year Since Democrats Took Over Congress-


For decades in the latter half of the 20th-century, labor union membership in America fell, year after year after year. It got so bad that a few years ago, union bosses saw the writing on the wall: in another decade or two, they would be all but extinct in America. That is, without desperate, bold, and concerted action.

The plan: pump hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns on behalf of pro-union Democrats. Go "all in" behind candidates who would pass legislation growing the union ranks.

The result: well, you've seen the past two election cycles, right? That's the union surge in action.

The 2006 election is already paying dividends, as union membership reversed its downward trend in 2007, then continued its new upward trajectory in 2008.

So what is driving this oldfangled union trend?

Government growth:

Government workers were nearly five times more likely to belong to a union than were private sector employees.

In the private sector, union membership went from 7.5% to 7.6% in 2008. In the public sector, unionization bumped up from 35.9% to 36.8%.

What's surprising is that public sector weekly wages are 21.3% higher than private sector weekly wages-- a troubling data point, no doubt.

It's also interesting that California's union membership rate went from 16.7% to 18.4% in 2008, while the state shed more than a quarter million net jobs. Texas' union rate went from 4.7% to 4.5% in 2008, while adding more than 150 thousand net new jobs.

A few of these kinds of figures in isolation might be a coincidence, but the evidence that unions are antithetical to job (and overall economic) growth is so overwhelming, so irrefutable, and so patently obvious, it's incredible that the pending Card Check legislation and other union payback schemes in Congress today are not a national scandal.


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