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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:30 PM

Analysis: Why America's unions are losing power

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/us/union-power-analysis/index.html

(note: I do NOT agree with this article, only posting it for critique and analysis, thank you.)

(CNN) -- Michigan has dealt a tremendous blow to unions, approving a right-to-work measure in the heart of organized labor's industrial stronghold.

The new law -- passed by legislators and signed hours later on Tuesday -- not only signals a change in America's so-called Rust Belt, but is also the latest sign that the power of organized labor is shrinking in the United States.

American unions already have a fraction of the influence they did a few decades ago. Only about 12% of workers are union members, down from 20% in 1983, according to federal data. In the private sector, the plunge has been even steeper: union membership has dropped from 17% in 1983 to 7% today.

That's partly because certain unionized industries have become a smaller part of the overall work force, particularly in manufacturing. It's also a result of government action.

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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:39 PM

1. Interesting article but it doesn't answer "Why" nt

 

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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:58 PM

2. Unions are Unions in name only

If they were truly Unions then when a Union in any state was in trouble EVERY single Union would do everything and I mean EVERYTHING in their power to help that Union. that doesn't happen, so it is actually quite easy for the Republicans to defang them... If a Teamster in Michigan was in trouble Every single truck driving fool in America should park their rig....If they don't and just let the Michigan Union fend for themselves then...well we see what happens then...

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