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Union Membership Reaches New All-Time Low

We’ve been told that 2023 was the year that labor unions flexed their muscle – especially with their pal Lunch Bucket Joe in the White House. The pro-union forces tout the lengthy United Auto Workers strike that ended with a big contract payoff and the fact that some Starbucks baristas are unionizing.

Except new Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that the percentage of workers who belong to unions in the U.S. hit a record low of 10% in 2023. That’s down by half from 40 years ago, in 1983 when 1 in 5 workers were union members.

But the even bigger story in union membership is that private-sector unions are disappearing.  In the 1950s, nearly all of the union members were private-sector workers.

Today, private-sector union membership has tumbled to only 6.0 percent of the workforce. ALL the remaining union power is in the government worker unions. Today 32.5% of public sector workers are in unions. Their salary and benefit packages far outstrip those in the private sector.

Why are more and more blue-collar workers spurning unions? One answer is that the union bosses don’t represent the interests of their members anymore.  Trump won millions of blue-collar union members in 2016 and 2020, but the union bosses gave more than 95% of the union money to Biden and the Democrats.

Biden’s anti-fossil fuels crusade will destroy hundreds of thousands of blue-collar union jobs, and yet, the union bosses still support him.

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