Union membership is slipping both nationally and in New York State. If one wants to examine the causes of wages and benefits slipping for working and middle class people in this country, start looking at the decline of unions as a major factor.
This is troubling reading from City Limits via Mike Schirtzer.
The number of U.S. workers who belonged to labor unions fell by a quarter million nationwide in 2016, continuing a decline of worker power that has spanned decades.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday that 10.7 percent of wage and salary workers belonged to unions, a 0.4 percent drop over 2015 and the lowest share of the workforce recorded over the 33 years for which detailed statistics are available. With 14.6 million union members, the U.S. now has 3.1 million fewer than it did when reliable data begins in 1983, when one in five workers belonged.
Public-sector workers continued to have far higher unionization rates than their private-sector counterparts, and from 24.7 percent in 2015 to 23.6 percent in 2016. New York’s union membership fell from 2.038 million to 1.942 million last year.
Republicans as well as corporate Democrats are the enemies of working people.
Many here would argue that the leadership of the unions are also not our friends.