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The Demise of Unions and Why We Need to Revive Them

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Large numbers of Americans who live on salaries or wages have been going thru hard times for several decades, and the outlook for the future is for more of the same. There are a number of reasons for this, including automation, the exporting of jobs, and the importing of workers. But a key factor, arguably the most fundamental one, is the near demise of American labor unions, particularly in the private sector. Union membership in the US enjoyed a surge during the days of the New Deal. It has been falling since it ended, as government effectively turned against unions. This adversely affects nonunion workers as well as union members.

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Unions that are democratically controlled by their... by Stephen Unger on Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 5:10:56 PM
Government never did more than tolerate unions, mu... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 6:31:51 PM
Jim,I pretty much agree with you, altho a case cou... by Stephen Unger on Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 8:00:01 PM
Uh...whut does "=20" mean?... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:12:01 PM
Something I will keep repeating over and over,ther... by kappie on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 9:55:16 AM
I am in a union and they only serve the upper eche... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 3:10:08 PM
The first time I went sailing the boat sank. That ... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 5:50:19 PM
As is pointed out in my article, there are some ba... by Stephen Unger on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 7:06:06 PM
Hi Bill Johnson. I also experienced the "A", "B", ... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:29:46 PM
Daniel, the A, B, C list is strictly controlled on... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 at 11:54:17 AM
Governments should neither support nor suppress un... by Bob Stuart on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:29:04 PM
When We "revive" the Unions, We need to make them ... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:08:33 PM
I fully agree with you, as I indicated in the last... by Stephen Unger on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 5:09:53 PM
Unger has been eavesdropping on my conversations i... by Sharon Kettelhut on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 9:57:53 PM
Sharon Kettelhut and I agree that unions are impor... by Stephen Unger on Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 at 9:49:36 AM