Wherever unions have gone industries have died. As much as the left complains about companies relocating offshore, unions and their vile tactics have been more responsible for the movement of US jobs offshore than anything or anyone else.
Whole industries have abandoned America because that was the only way they could survive and compete given that they were otherwise crippled with American labor unions. But it’s those industries that can’t be shipped overseas – like teaching our kids – that the unions are at their most dangerous to America. They have a stranglehold on public education even as they have proven that they could frankly care less about teaching our kids, our next generation of workers.
Check out these stats. I put the ones I found most egregious in red font:
Union Statistics: What You May Not Know
September 15th 2011
Annual Dues Paid to Unions: $8,217,838,676
Total Union Assets: $8,804,794,935
Representational Activities: $4,081,097,858
Political Activities: $579,624,489
External Contributions: $321,121,214
Unions that fail to pass Department of Labor audits: 92%
Percentage of Employees that Voted for their union: Less than 10%
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Labor Relations Board indicates that less than 10 percent of currently unionized employees voted for the union in their workplace.
Total union officers and staff members: 173,503 people
Total compensation paid to union officials and officers: $1,141,540,980
Total compensation paid to union employees: $2,562,757,481
Major Unions with White Presidents: 94%
Major Unions with Male Presidents: 89%
Labor Law Violations
Unfair Labor Practices filed against unions in the last 10 years: 65,529
Duty of Fair Representation 32,235
Hiring Halls 2,236
Actions of Picketers 1,742
Union Security Related (including Beck) 1,636
Coercive Statements 1,376
Source: National Labor Relations Board Case Activity Tracking System database.
Union Membership as a percentage of total U.S. Labor Force
Total Union Members: 14.7 Million
Percentage of Workforce that is Unionized: 11.9%
Private Sector Employees: 7.0 million (6.9%)
Public Sector Employees: 7.6 million (36.2%)
Source: UnionStats.com analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics ‘ Current Population Survey.
For more, check out UnionFacts.com
It’s kind of funny – in an ironic, pathetic sort of way – how unions constantly demagogue many of the things that they are in fact the worst offenders at committing, isn’t it? Unions started out as racist organizations that were geared around keeping black and minority workers out:
Economist Ray Marshall, although a prounion secretary of labor under President Jimmy Carter, made his academic reputation by documenting how unions excluded blacks from membership in the 1930s and 1940s. Marshall also wrote of incidents in which union members assaulted black workers hired to replace them during strikes. During the 1911 strike against the Illinois Central, noted Marshall, whites killed two black strikebreakers and wounded three others at McComb, Mississippi. He also noted that white strikers killed ten black firemen in 1911 because the New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railroad had granted them equal seniority. Not surprisingly, therefore, black leader Booker T. Washington opposed unions all his life, and W. E. B. DuBois called unions the greatest enemy of the black working class. Another interesting fact: the “union label” was started in the 1880s to proclaim that a product was made by white rather than yellow (Chinese) hands.
And nothing’s changed. And they aren’t much better toward women, are they?
Meanwhile, these hypocrites have a massive war chest of money stockpiled from previous generations that they give almost entirely to Democrats while they simultaneously whine about corporations being allowed to do the same thing that THEY’VE been doing for decades.
As bad as these statistics are, the worst ones of all aren’t included. Start searching for “unfunded liabilities” particularly of unionized “public sector employees,” and you’ll find a black hole of debt that America will never be able to crawl its way out of. California alone has a $500 billion unfunded pension bomb waiting to explode:
California’s $500-billion pension time bomb
April 06, 2010|By David Crane
The staggering amount of unfunded debt stands to crowd out funding for many popular programs. Reform will take something sadly lacking in the Legislature: political courage.
The state of California’s real unfunded pension debt clocks in at more than $500 billion, nearly eight times greater than officially reported.
That’s the finding from a study released Monday by Stanford University’s public policy program, confirming a recent report with similar, stunning findings from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
Another Democrat blue state, Illinois, is in even worse shape on a per capita basis: with one-third the population of fellow Democrat blue state California, Illinois has nearly half the unfunded union pension liabilities that California does ($210 billion).
Unlike Obama’s God damn America, which can add more zeros to the money supply in the Federal Reserve computers to “make” more money, states have to actually pay their debts. Which really sucks for them, given the way the unions have sucked the states dry.
And of course labor unions scream at every state or federal budget cut because they are utterly dependent on taxpayer handouts for survival.
So union workers are only less than 7% of the private American workforce, but they’re a massive pain in America’s collective ass.