The annual Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)report on union membership is out, and it’s just more bad news for John Sweeney & Co. In the Fifties, unions represented almost 35% of the workforce. By 1983, that number had dipped to 20%. Yesterday’s numbers show that union membership has dropped to its lowest point since the government began tracking the numbers — to an embarrassing 12%. In the private sector, the news is even worse for labor, where they now represent a paltry 7.4% of all workers. Why? They continue to emphasize politics over organizing and at the end of the day, are selling a product most folks just don’t want to buy.
You’d think numbers like these would cause a little soul searching, but no such luck. Instead, they continue to work to find ways to lower the bar, to boost membership through artificial and anti-democratic means like the card check bill. Remember, this is the bill that’ll allow them to bypass elections to get new members. It’s a sign of their desperation that they’re willing to throw fundamental democratic principles out the window just to pad their numbers. What about doing it the old-fashioned way, by spending money on organizing and having fair elections? Nah, too hard.
So let labor congratulate itself on winning back the Congress for the Democrats — a feat owing more to the missteps of their foes than to their own actions. No matter. At the end of the day, their misguided focus on politics gives them a temporary political victory, one that comes at the great permanent cost of an ever-dwindling membership.
Click here to see the full BLS report.
Latest posts by NAM (see all)
- Manufacturers Win Several Website Design Awards - June 15, 2011
- China Makes Commitments on Trade, Intellectual Property - December 16, 2010
- ITC Details Widespread Theft of Intellectual Property in China - December 14, 2010