Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Unionization in America

With Labor Day just passed, I found these charts on Vox that paint a less than rosy picture of unionization today. First you will notice the declining percentage of U.S. workers in unions, a trend that started in the 60s, after over 40 percent of all workers were in unions in the 50s. Notice also the chart on the inverse relationship between income inequality and unionization percentages and the higher unionization percentages for OECD countries with more income equality. Also note how support for unions has risen in recent years, as the great myth that they had “outlived their purpose” in America starting to find fewer supporters as income inequality continues to grow.

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