All that money spent by organized labor in a futile attempt to keep democrats in charge of ANYTHING was pissed right out the window.
In this two part piece, we see their “reward” for their undying, and COERCED, support of democrats as far as a lot of the rank and file membership is concerned. The first one is from Cathy Burke at Newsmax.com
Union Membership Hits All-Time Low in US, Report Says
Friday, 23 Jan 2015 08:01 PM
By Cathy Burke
In this chart, from The Heritage Foundation, the numbers show the decline.
Union membership continues to decline in the United States, falling to an all-time low last year, a government report shows.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday shows the union membership rate was 11.1 percent last year, down 0.2 percent from the rate seen in 2012 and 2013.
The union membership rate for the public sector was 35.7 percent, and 6.6 percent in the private sector.
As of last year, there were 14.6 million people working in unions, the report shows.
One of the sharpest year-to-year drops in union membership came in Michigan: from 16.3 percent in 2013 to 14.5 percent in 2014. The decrease came in the first full year under the state’s right-to-work law.
Among states, New York had the highest union membership rate, at 24.6 percent, followed by followed by Alaska, with 22.8 percent, and Hawaii, at 21.8 percent.
North Carolina had the lowest rate at 1.9 percent, followed by South Carolina, 2.2 percent, and Mississippi and Utah, each with a 3.7 percent rate.
Unions collectively added about 41,000 members in the private sector, led by industries such as construction and leisure and hospitality, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with total private-sector employment, John Schmitt, a senior economist at the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research, told The Wall Street Journal.
“The overall workforce is growing faster than the union workforce,” Schmitt told the Journal.
“It’s bad news for the labor movement because it shows that they are not able to rebound. Essentially, they look like they’re stuck,” Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., told the Journal.
“They don’t know how to design their appeals to a changing workforce. They’ll complain about employer opposition, but employer opposition has always been there.”
The trend is definitely NOT in the unions’ favor. The second part of the story is similar, but focuses on Michigan, after the first full year after Right-To-Work was passed. This part is from Sean Piccoli also with Newsmax.com
Michigan Union Membership Plunges Under Right-to-Work Law
Friday, 23 Jan 2015 07:55 PM
By Sean Piccoli
Union membership in Michigan, an organized labor bastion with its large auto worker base, has fallen sharply since passage of a state right-to-work law that unions vehemently opposed, Michigan Live reports.
The percentage of wage- and salary-earners belonging to unions in Michigan fell by 48,000 people — or almost 2 percentage points — in 2014, the state’s first full year under the law championed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michigan union membership in 2014 fell to 585,000 employees (14.5 percent of the state’s work force) from 633,000 employees (16.3 percent) in 2013, even as total state employment climbed, Michigan Live reports, citing numbers released on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state law prohibiting public- and private-sector unions from charging dues to new members, called the Employee Free Choice Act, has been in force since March 2013.
The law “did not appear to have a major impact on union numbers” at first, writes Jonathan Oosting of Michigan Live, “but the 2014 data suggest that more workers have begun to opt out of membership.”
There were indications early last year that the law was dramatically changing workers’ behavior.
In one category alone, home-based caregivers for the the elderly and disabled, an estimated 44,000 people dropped out of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) once the Michigan law banned the automatic deduction of union dues from the Medicaid checks of the caregivers’ patients, according to a report published in April.
An organization that supports right-to-work, The Michigan Freedom Fund, issued a statement saying the BLS figures prove that more Michigan workers “are choosing freedom, opting out of their unions, and keeping dues money in their families’ bank accounts, not their union bosses.'”
After reading both these articles, and the charts, it is quite obvious union membership isn’t as powerful as THEY would like you to believe. 6.6% of private labor being organized is miniscule compared to 40 years ago.
So that begs the question. WHY do they still wield so much influence? The answer lies here, in the number of PUBLIC sector employees who are unionized. Unions represent every imaginable aspect of government “services” from teachers, police, fire, utilities, on down the line.
These public sector unions, with forced withholding of dues in damn near ALL instances, has provided the union bosses with HUGE piles of cash. And the bulk of that cash, at last check 94% of all political donations to political campaigns were made to democrats, who, in turn, pay off the unions with ever-more in the way of wages and benefits, which, when THOSE rise, so does the amount of dues money withheld, you get the picture.
As trade union forced membership declines, mostly by RTW laws and businesses leaving areas with predominate union activity, look for them to be trying ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to retain their slipping power. From organizing minimum wage workers, to the scam of trying to unionize those who care for loved ones in their homes, with state-provided subsidies, to their trying to convince the illegal invasion immigrants than unionization is their ONLY chance at the American Dream, they will do it.
And, they will do it with the “help” and blessings of the democrat party. Until the OPM runs out, of course. If the various unions want to survive, they will have to totally rethink how they go about their business. PROVE to those you wish to organize that there is “value to the dues dollar” for joining. GET OUT of the politician buying business. Most employees today could give a damn less about that. Work FOR the rank and file instead of the union hierarchy.