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Most Union Members Work For Government

Buried in the ‘Business’ section of the New York Times, on a nice Saturday morning:

Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows


January 23, 2010

For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.

In its annual report on union membership, the bureau undercut the longstanding notion that union members are overwhelmingly blue-collar factory workers. It found that membership fell so fast in the private sector in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008…

According to the labor bureau, 7.2 percent of private-sector workers were union members last year, down from 7.6 percent the previous year. That, labor historians said, was the lowest percentage of private-sector workers in unions since 1900.

Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008

The overall unionization rate edged lower, to 12.3 percent last year from 12.4 percent in 2008.

According to the labor bureau, median weekly earnings for full-time unionized workers were $908 last year, compared with $710 for workers not represented by unions. The bureau attributed this difference not just to unionization but also to variations by occupation, industry and company size.

Notwithstanding the recession, government employment grew last year, inching up 16,000, to 22,516,000, according to the bureau.

Fred Siegel, a visiting professor of history at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative research organization, said, “There were enormous political ramifications” to the fact that public-sector workers are now the majority in organized labor.

“At the same time the country is being squeezed, public-sector unions are a rising political force in the Democratic Party,” he said. “They depend on extra money for the public sector, and that puts the Democrats in a difficult position. In four big states — New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California — the public-sector unions have largely been untouched by the economic downturn. In those states, you have an impeding clash between the public-sector unions and the public at large.” …

Noting that union members generally have higher earnings, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a statement: “As workers across the country have seen their real and nominal wages decline as a result of the recession, these numbers show a need for Congress to pass legislation to level the playing field to enable more American workers to access the benefits of union membership. This report makes clear why the administration supports the Employee Free Choice Act,” a bill that would make it easier to unionize.”

Even the Soviet Union saw that that unions were unnecessary when everyone worked for the state.

The only real reason for them in this country, is to create political slush funds – for the Democrat Party.

Something government workers would not otherwise be allowed to do.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Most Union Members Work For Government”

  1. proreason says:

    Reagan fired the air traffic controllers and the country survived and thrived.

    DeMint should sieze on the issue of government unionization. It makes no sense whatsoever.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    Slight problem here ..

    “Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government ..” should read:

    “Most Union Workers DON’T Work Too Hard for ANYONE – including the Government”

  3. misanthropicus says:

    Wow! Now we are talking about vested interests – and really creepy how this situation is pushing slowly to the transformation of the USA in a one-party/state –
    Control, control, control – no surprising that Obama is pushing his Health reform, which, when everything settles, gives the government leverage over two more conditioned, large groups: the health “workers” and the patients, who will not have any other choice but to vote for… the government!

    And top this with the injecting in the national tissue of about 13 millions! 13 millions! 13 millions illegal residents who will rapido rapido became Democrat clients…

    And Nicaragua is the USA becoming – I am reporting from New Managua, formerly known as Los Angeles –

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Is the post office included?

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Obama’s buddies, The S.E.I.U. are raking in the big bucks and here is proof. Please pass this around so everyone knows “who” is making the big bucks these days.


  6. Tater Salad says:

    Our government employees and their debt to the American people:


  7. BillK says:

    That’s because the Government is the only institution left that can “afford” to operate with union labor…

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