Why Do Unions Support Obama? Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government Rather than Private Sector
Yes, this disgusts me. No, it does not surprise me.
While everyone is watching the meltdown over in the now ancient swampland, a little-seen story ran in the Biz section of the New York Times that is ……… monumental. SEIU may be rubbing their grubby, collectivist hands together, but statists don’t need unions. It’s only a matter of time. Keep it up, keep killing the golden goose of private industry.
Add this to this outrageous factoid: Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted. Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows
For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.
In its annual report on union membership, the bureau undercut the longstanding notion that union members are overwhelmingly blue-collar factory workers. It found that membership fell so fast in the private sector in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008…
According to the labor bureau, 7.2 percent of private-sector workers were union members last year, down from 7.6 percent the previous year. That, labor historians said, was the lowest percentage of private-sector workers in unions since 1900.
Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008…
The overall unionization rate edged lower, to 12.3 percent last year from 12.4 percent in 2008.
According to the labor bureau, median weekly earnings for full-time unionized workers were $908 last year, compared with $710 for workers not represented by unions. The bureau attributed this difference not just to unionization but also to variations by occupation, industry and company size.
Notwithstanding the recession, government employment grew last year, inching up 16,000, to 22,516,000, according to the bureau.