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Chart of the Week: Union Membership Continues to Decline

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Chart of the Week: Union Membership Continues to Decline

Union membership fell by 400,000 to the lowest level since the 1930s, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this past week. As a percentage of the work force, union workers fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent.

One reason for the decline is simply that workers don’t want to join a union when they have the choice. More states have been adopting right-to-work laws, which allow workers to opt out of mandatory unionization, including traditional union stronghold Michigan at the end of last year. Since right to work passed in Indiana last March, unions lost 56,000 members in the state.

Another cause of membership decline is that many former union workers are no longer working. Hostess’s shuttering due to unwavering union demands illustrates the point: when the bakers’ union refused to take a pay cut, the baked goods giant closed its doors and let its 18,000 employees go.

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  1. Tim

    January 28th, 2013

    Unions are being destroyed by the greedy maggots who control them.

    They are as corrupt as the White House, and I guess there’s still some morality.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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  2. Goldenfoxx

    January 28th, 2013

    “when the bakers’ union refused to take a pay cut, the baked goods giant closed its doors and let its 18,000 employees go.”

    LMAO! No doubt those 18,000 workers voted for Obummer and they can look themselves in the mirror with a frown instead of a smile. What’s their union doing for them now?

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  3. jeckelmyhyde

    January 28th, 2013

    I miss my Twinkies,…..Good thing I have Moon Pies.

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  4. Left Coast Dan

    January 28th, 2013

    I bet Twinkies are back on the shelves by June, guaranteed by December. There was more than one company interested, once Hostess declared bankruptcy they could void all the contracts that weren’t valued, and get rid of products that weren’t profitable.

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  5. serfer62

    January 28th, 2013

    If the’re not in a union how will they know how to vote?

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  6. Dr Tar

    January 28th, 2013

    Between the shrinkage of union dues, which will reduce the money flowing to the Corruptocrats, and the majority Republican states (25 out of 50) the party of communist and socialist must be starting to feel the pull of the whirlpool as they begin circling the drain.

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  7. bubba

    January 28th, 2013

    bubba says suck on that trumka.

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  8. Dan Ryan Galt

    January 28th, 2013

    Yeah Trumka, when you’re done suckin on Barry!

    I’m a former union member who can’t wait to membership at 0%.

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  9. Andrea Shea King

    January 28th, 2013

    They’re still blood sucking vampires and they’ll continue to live on, despite this “temporary” downturn, mark my words.

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  10. Billy Fuster

    January 29th, 2013

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

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