labor unions

More misinformation about labor unions

Pervasive ignorance on display:

As it happens, North Carolina is - and has long been, and with good reason - among the many states in the union that already have "right-to-work" laws on the books, which we wholeheartedly endorse. In other words, it is already the case that no one here can require an applicant to join a union as a condition of employment.

For the thousandth time, "right-to-work" laws have nothing to do with protecting workers, and everything to do with protecting management. And if you would pluck your head out of your ass for just a few seconds to ponder how this:

Court is next stop for NC's journey to redraw maps

Report from Gary Robertson of the AP on
"Civil rights, election reform and union groups are planning to file a lawsuit Friday challenging the recently approved boundaries in state court..."

INSTITUTE INDEX: Starving the unions

Rate of union membership in the U.S. in 2010: 11.9 percent

Number of years since the union membership rate was that low: 70

Number of U.S. workers who belonged to unions in 2010: 14.7 million

Decline in union membership over the previous year, attributable in part to the recession eroding employment in organized industries: 612,000

Rate of union membership in 1983, the first year for which comparable data are available: 20.1 percent

Decline in number of U.S. workers in unions between 1983 and 2010: 3 million

Happy Birthday, collective bargaining

In the latter part of the 19th Century, a new voice erupted in the public sphere: that of the worker. That voice shook the foundations of many a mansion, whose inhabitants realized the previously meek laborers who provided the backbone of their personal empires were beginning to grow a backbone of their own, and big changes were just over the horizon.

Resistance to this change was predictable, and our government was drafted by the powerful industrialists in an effort to crush the movement in its infancy. The resulting clash was nothing short of horrific. Blood was shed, lives were lost. But something else happened, too: visible and irrefutable evidence emerged that acting collectively brought power to those who had none by themselves. And that power could change everything.

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