Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Here's why union membership keeps falling

The strength of the union movement now moves in tandem with the size of the government. This would have surprised the early leaders of the labor movement. - James Sherk/Washington Examiner

They did not think unions belonged in government. Government unions bargain with elected representatives over how to spend taxes. They thought that made no sense. George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, famously declared that "Bargaining collectively is impossible in government."

Today's union movement has a direct stake in big government, no matter how well that serves the public.