Monday, September 16, 2013

A hidden message.  The two graphs at right, from a WSJ article, tell an interesting story about union membership.  On the left, you see that overall union membership has declined to almost half the level it was just 20 years ago.  On the right, you see steep declines in the private sector, while public sector union membership rates are basically flat.  I read this as evidence that unions no longer serve a compelling purpose in the private sector, but in the public sector they've got a very effective racket going – and their members know it.

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