U.S. union membership hits 90-year low point

  • Article by: STEVEN GREENHOUSE , New York Times
  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 11:28 PM

New laws in Wisconsin and other states contributed to the sharpening slide, experts say.

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sawmanJan. 23, 1311:04 PM

Cheap labor wins! Ask your great grandfather about the benefits.

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tallbobJan. 24, 1312:07 AM

When the last union member ceases to exist,(unfortunately) then see what happens to EVERYONE's wages!

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timandtiaJan. 24, 13 6:21 AM

This is the "best" news I have heard about business in a long time. I always thought that our nation was built on individualization, not a socialist state. Now if we can get the government to figure out what it is doing, we should be okay.

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wndwmkrJan. 24, 13 7:34 AM

It's not about unions but rather the government and teachers unions that hold everyone captive with demands and refusal to change. Want the benefits, job security and pay equal to private workers without any of the performance requirements.

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acctsah2Jan. 24, 13 7:58 AM

'...then see what happens to EVERYONE's wages!' --- What would happen to everyone's wages? Suddenly we would all be making $2 an hour? Unions have been so wonderful they are responsible for our wages, is that what you are saying? There is a reason why union membership is plummeting, and it's not because of all the wonderful things they have done.

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trudgeJan. 24, 13 8:41 AM

We live in a capitalistic democracy. The unions have a product to sell. Less people are buying it because they don't see the value. Wages will rise and fall with the supply and demand for certain skills, not with union influence. Business will outsource, move to non-union states etc than pay unreasonable wages (see auto companies 2008)

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reetnhJan. 24, 13 9:10 AM

I have some friends in unions and they talk about it like it's some brotherhood/fraternity thing where they look out for each other. I don't get it, individual performance has always driven my wages and ambitions professionally. I would never think of needing a union to ensure I get things if I don't deserve them.

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falcon1681Jan. 24, 13 9:48 AM

acctsah2 - There is a reason why union membership is plummeting, and it's not because of all the wonderful things they have done. -------------- Nope. It's because of the right wing, the rhetoric they spew daily and greedy owners/managers/CEO's.

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theagonybhoJan. 24, 13 9:55 AM

Now you know why the unions are so sour about right to work, if a union was such a good thing wouldnt people be lining up to get in one, as were seeing its not that great. I have a friend whos a retired teacher, she said i had no clue my union dues were going to the Deomocratic party. The unions just dont understand you cant pay a person 80 grand a year, charge them 200 dollars a month for dues and then give them 65% of thier salary until they die, the numbers dont add up. This country is going to tip over from unfunded pensions.

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tooty123Jan. 24, 1310:12 AM

Along with the decline of unions the wages of middle class workers has declined! Just a coincidence? No! The freeloaders in RTW states have kept the average American workers so low that they don't have living wages but must rely on government assistance. Why reward the Walmarts with subsidies government assistance because they refuse to pay living wages and benefits!

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