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Union Membership Continues to Shrink

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 29, 2013

CNNmoney  has published the statistics on union membership in the United States showing its continuing decline, especially in the private sector.  Totally union membership now represents only 11.3% of the American workforce, approximately same percentage as in 1916 and down from its high of 33% in 1953.

A look at the division of union membership between the public and the private sectors tells an even more telling story.  In the public sector nearly 36% of workers are unionized compared to just under 7% in the private sector.

The small percentage of union representation, especially in the private sector, brings into question President Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s pandering to unions.  First, it demonstrates how divisive and in fact radical the Democratic Party has become, over representing the fringes of society.  Also, the large amount of funds that the Party receives from public-sector unions corrupts as they are in essence payoffs for the government giving big contract concessions.  Without this incestuous relationship the government would more likely represent the taxpayers’ interests instead of those of union bosses.

One indication of how radical the modern-day Democratic Party has become is found in the words of one of its founding fathers, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said of public employees collective bargaining rights:

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.  …… Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.”

Fast-forward 60 years and Americans who agree with FDR on this issue are demonized by Obama and his Party.





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