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megimoo
01-23-2010, 01:43 PM
Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows

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For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.

In its annual report on union membership, the bureau undercut the longstanding notion that union members are overwhelmingly blue-collar factory workers. It found that membership fell so fast in the private sector in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008.

In its annual report on union membership, the bureau undercut the longstanding notion that union members are overwhelmingly blue-collar factory workers.

It found that membership fell so fast in the private sector in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008.

“There has been steady growth among union members in the public sector, but I’m a little bit shocked to see that the lines have actually crossed,” said Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president for labor at the United States Chamber of Commerce.

According to the labor bureau, 7.2 percent of private-sector workers were union members last year, down from 7.6 percent the previous year. That, labor historians said, was the lowest percentage of private-sector workers in unions since 1900.Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008.

Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, voiced dismay that government employees now represented a majority of union members.

“It’s a very bad sign,” he said. “We’ve been banged around some, but when you see what’s been happening to the industrial base of this country, to the steelworkers, to the autoworkers, they’re been hammered much more.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/23/business/23labor.html

Last Samurai
01-24-2010, 09:57 AM
It's what happens when you "price yourself" out of a job.

The Government, not generally concerned about costs ("We CAN always run a deficit or raise taxes, ya know!"), doesn't have to worry about efficiency or the cost of labor. (We won't even go into showing a profit.)

TA DAH! We get exactly what we see here.

No wonder it is so difficult to downsize or fire a Government worker..... protected species. Us poor, dumb taxpayers gotta REALLY love THAT!

LS