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Labor, and Middle Class, Still Shrinking

January 23, 2013

Can we at least agree to stop using the term ?Big Labor?? Whatever else may be said of the American union movement, it?s not really big any more.

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm on the number of Americans in unions in 2012, and it tells a tale of steady, and in some cases, dramatic shrinkage. In 2011, 11.8 percent of American workers were unionized; last year, that figure dropped to 11.3 percent. The percentage of public sector workers in unions dropped from 37.0

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