Union Free America
Unions Are Dying!
Are They Killing Our Jobs, Too?
face it, at least in private employment, labor unions are on the way
Unions have been
going downhill for about fifty years. There was a time when almost 35%
of all workers on private payrolls were union members.
By 2009 it had fallen to 7.2%.
deserve to pass the way of the horse and carriage.
They have outlived their usefulness.
Americans who are trapped in unions because of decisions that were made
by others long before they got their jobs have a real problem.
Union Percent of Workers on Private Payrolls
just dying, they seem to be killing jobs, too. Take a look at what’s
happening in manufacturing.
The number of
manufacturing jobs is on the decline. Between 1983 and 2009
manufacturing jobs in America declined by about 5.6 million but most of
that loss was in unionized jobs. The number of unionized
manufacturing jobs fell from 5.3 million in 1983 to 1.5 million in
2009. That's a 72% loss.
The number of unionized manufacturing jobs fell from 5.3 million in 1983 to 1.5 million in 2009. That's a 72% loss.
During that same
period of time, the number of nonunion manufacturing jobs only declined
by about 13% from 13.7 to 11.9 million.
are hard working and productive. They can compete in a global economy
but not when they have the additional burden of a union.
It is no wonder
that more and more workers are saying,
“America works best Union Free”
Updated March 20, 2010
The source of the above statistics is the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey.
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