June 29, 2011
A Union 'Off-Target'
Confronted with an unwelcome intrusion, employees at a Target store in New York rejected unionization and dealt a blow to the grand plans of the UFCW. That average Americans continue to stand against these job-killing, profit-leaching forces is most encouraging. But make no mistake, the fight is far from over. Labor unions are in decline and desperate. Today, union membership is under 12% of the U.S. workforce -- it was over 20% in the 1980's. Among retail unions, like the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW), membership has also undergone sizeable erosion, down over 40% nationwide since 1983. More, public support for unions has fallen sharply and, according to the Pew Research Center, at near quarter-century lows. Not surprisingly, unions are seen as having both a negative impact on the "availability of good jobs" in the U.S., while placing our companies at a competitive disadvantage globally. Yes, even with its allies in...(Read Full Article)