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    Union membership down again in 2010

    No wonder unions like the ones in Wisconsin are so pissed...

    Union membership down again in 2010


    The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with its annual report on union membership. Itís down, once again: 11.9% of employees in 2010 were union members, down from 12.3% in 2009. There were 14.7 million union members, significantly down from 1983, the first year for which comparable data is available, when there were 17.7 million. Note that the population of the United States in 1983 was 234 million as compared to 308 million in 2010.

    In 2009, for the first time, a majority of employed union members were public employees. The trend continues: in 2010 there were 7.6 million public sector union members and 7.1 million private sector union members. Which leads me to ask some questions. Why does the union movement continue to oppose free trade measures so vociferously? What interest do public employees have in trade protectionism? Is the union opposition to free trade agreements an effort to somehow, some way, get back all those unionized auto and steel jobs that have disappeared in the last three decades?

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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    hmm. but are the public unions down?

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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    That just cant be

    How can the unions be destroying america when membership is among multidecade lows
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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    That just cant be

    How can the unions be destroying america when membership is among multidecade lows
    Because the amount of power they hold is greater than the amount of people in their ranks. Where is their extra power coming from?

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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Because the amount of power they hold is greater than the amount of people in their ranks. Where is their extra power coming from?
    The vast communist conspiracy

    Reality check

    If union membership is at multidecade lows the amount of money unions have is also reduced. The lower amounts of money means less influence. If unions had much power they would be seeing increasing membership not decreasing membership
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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    The vast communist conspiracy

    Reality check

    If union membership is at multidecade lows the amount of money unions have is also reduced. The lower amounts of money means less influence. If unions had much power they would be seeing increasing membership not decreasing membership
    union thugs have lots of power in the public sector.



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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    That reflects the stagnation of wages for private sector workers...Id bet thats all private sector not public.

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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    union thugs have lots of power in the public sector.
    One group of many though

    Farmers have a large amount of power

    Large companies, foreign governments, local builders
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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    That just cant be

    How can the unions be destroying america when membership is among multidecade lows
    Because the Bill for decades of Union Slobbery........is Due.......
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    Re: Union membership down again in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    union thugs have lots of power in the public sector.
    unions are just one lobby among many. the funny part though is that unions look out for more middle class, normal people than many of the rest of them and yet they're the ones people are really targeting.

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