Unions are in a death spiral, they have ceased to be useful and are inf act a hindrance on business. In the private sector in New Zealand we have managed to reduce the representation of unions to under 10%. We must work harder.
In New York they are celebrating the drop to 11.3%, which is a 97 year low…they must tryÂ harderÂ too:
The long decline in the number of American workers belonging to labor unions accelerated sharply last year, according toÂ data reported on Wednesday, sending the unionization rate to its lowest level in close to a century.Â
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the total number of union members fell by 400,000 last year, to 14.3 million, even though the nationâ€™s overall employment rose by 2.4 million. The percentage of workers in unions fell to 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011, the bureau found in its annual report on union membership. That brought unionization to its lowest level since 1916, when it was 11.2 percent, according to a study by two Rutgers economists, Leo Troy and Neil Sheflin.
Labor specialists cited several reasons for the steep one-year decline in union membership. Among the factors were new laws that rolled back the power of unions in Wisconsin, Indiana and other states, the continued expansion by manufacturers like Boeing and Volkswagen in nonunion states and the growth of sectors like retail and restaurants, where unions have little presence.
Unionists love a good sing-along…there just aren’t that many of them now for a decent chorus:
Thank god this attitude is dying out, like the dinosaurs.