Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Labor is Smaller Than Ever

In 1974, nearly 25% of all U.S. workers were unionized. Today, it’s barely one in ten. (See graph below from Big Labor? by Matthew Di Carlo, of the Shanker Blog).

Di Carlo’s piece begins with a discussion of the stalled federal legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, a Republican monkey wrench that is costing the nation $30 million per day in lost tax revenues. He points out that the cause of this dispute is an attempt to deny private sector railroad and airline workers the right to be in unions.

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