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This May Day, Remember That Big Money Is The Reason American Workers Don't Have More Rights -- And Income

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Image from a quicklink Today is May Day, a global day of celebrations in favor of workers' rights -- and the day that labor unions in the United States marked as their day of action to win an eight-hour workday. Yet as American unions and Occupy activists take to the streets to celebrate our hard-fought rights, it's important to remember that the United States lags behind the rest of the developed world in its ultra-low unionization rate, with less than one in ten Americans belonging to a union.

In the middle of the 20th century, the percentage of American workers in unions was more than triple what it was today. As the following graph shows, as unionization in America collapsed, so did the middle classes's share of national income:

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