To heck with politics; unions need to worry about shrinking ranks
The Kansas City Star
The Agatha Christie thriller, “And Then There Were None,” comes to mind when thinking of the diminishing number of workers in unions.
Only 11.3 percent of wage and salary workers were in unions in 2012 compared with 11.8 percent in 2011, The Kansas City Star reports. The 14.4 million union workers is the lowest share of the U.S. workforce since the 1940s when unions were considered to be growing in strength and numbers. That trend peaked in the 1950s with one in three American workers as union members.
Layoffs in the public and private sectors haven’t helped. The political activism of unions also has hurt their image.
Right to work states and attacks on collective bargaining rights have taken big chunks out of organized labor. Union leaders have to be looking at the trend with alarms going off like quitting time whistle at factories.