Unions representing government workers are gaining
Unions representing government workers are expanding while organized labor has been shedding private sector members over the past half-century.So, basically, union membership is five-fold higher among the ranks of government employees. You know, the ones that shouldn't need to be union? I mean, we are told over and over, ad nauseum, about how unions came about because eeeeeevil big business was exploiting workers and how that forming unions was the only way to stop that from happening, right?
A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity, at the federal, state or local levels.
Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, 11.3 percent of wage and salary workers in the United States are unionized, down from a peak of 35 percent during the mid-1950s in the strong post-World War II recovery.
Do they mean to insinuate that, absent the power of the union, the Federal government would start exploiting their workers?
Honestly, can anyone explain this to me? Other than self-perpetuation, what, exactly, does a union comprised of Federal employees offer to its members? Other than making them basically impossible to fire, demote, or otherwise discipline for anything short of capital murder, that is. Look, unions had their place in history. There may even be some modicum of use for them in unskilled labor pools (very doubtful, but a case could be made).
But when you're talking about, by and large, professional people working for the Federal government? It is positively mind-boggling to believe that, without the unions, that the government would take advantage of the employees, it really is. With the myriad of rules, regulations, and other hoops that government agencies have to go through to do *anything*, it's highly doubtful that "exploit those that work for us" is anywhere near the top ten worries...
Why would they take advantage of those they can already fleece?
That is all.
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