Graph of the Day for April 2, 2010

"The AFL-CIO today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president... In its endorsement statement, the General Board noted that Sen. Barack Obama ‘secured the nomination of his party in a campaign that has energized millions of Americans and spoken to the hopes and dreams of people from every corner of our nation.'  His leadership can re-engage disenfranchised Americans and bring our country together. Sen. Obama has advocated a change of direction for our nation that mirrors the priorities of the labor movement."  AFL-CIO web site.


Source:  The Heritage Foundation.

Hoven's Index for April 2, 2010

Percent of Americans belonging to labor unions in 1980:  23.0%

In 2009:  12.3%

Number of union members in 2008:  16,070,000

In 2009:  15,300,000

Number of union members in the Post Office for every one in the auto industry:  3

Percentage of union members working for federal, state or local government:  52%

Source:  The Heritage Foundation.

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