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January 23, 2010

MORE UNION MEMBERS IN PUBLIC THAN PRIVATE SECTOR

Steven Greenhouse, NY Times - 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.

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.. . .

Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, voiced dismay that government employees now represented a majority of union members.

"It's a very bad sign," he said. "We've been banged around some, but when you see what's been happening to the industrial base of this country, to the steelworkers, to the autoworkers, they're been hammered much more."

After rising the two previous years, overall union membership fell by 771,000 in 2009, to 15.3 million, largely because employment declined over all. But the rate of private-sector unionization fell because two sectors where unions are especially strong — manufacturing and construction — suffered especially large job losses. Construction lost more than 900,000 jobs last year, falling to 5.9 million, while 1.3 million factory jobs were lost, declining to 11.6 million.

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

Damon A. Silvers, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s policy director, said the decline in private-sector unionization "tells us that good jobs are disappearing faster than bad jobs."

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. . .


3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This explains why gov'ts at all levels are going bankrupt. Congratulations, idiots.

January 24, 2010 6:04 AM  
Anonymous one way of looking at it... said...

No, idiot, the reason governments are bankrupt is TIF and other such corrupt cronyism. Two trillion, four hundred million unaccounted for at DOD, but god forbid the police should be able to hire a qualified candidate instead of Goober's brother-in-law.

January 24, 2010 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good case study here:

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2010/01/why-is-california-broke.html

I know 'progressives' aren't very good at math or logic, but try to follow along.

January 24, 2010 4:34 PM  

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