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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