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    :: Friday, July 15, 2005 ::

    What If the Labor Movement Dies? - by Jack Lessenberry, Detroit Metro Times
    Labor has, in fact, been in deep trouble for many years. The old joke is that our labor leaders are totally ready to deal with the problems of 1936. That's possibly a little unfair, but not much.

    When World War II ended, more than a third of all workers - 35 percent - were union members. That has withered dramatically. Today, only about 12.4 percent belong to unions - a figure inflated by public employees.

    Look at it this way: In the private sector, unions now are failing to organize a whopping 92 percent of all workers. There are more than a million fewer union members in the land than in 1955, the year the AFL-CIO was created, even though the work force is nearly three times as large.
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