It is good news for Americans that labor union membership fell to an historic low in 2011—11.8% of the wage and salary workforce. There are now only 14.8 million union members in the U.S. “In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1% and there were 17.7 million union workers.” [...]
It’s nice to have some good news for a change.
On Wednesday night, Republican senators convened on short notice and removed appropriations items from the bill to allow a vote on the remaining issues—including curbs on the collective-bargaining rights of public-employee unions. The vote to pass the amended bill was 18-1, with no Democratic senators [...]
Here is Dan Mitchell’s latest video from Cato on the lucrative federal employee business. If you think they deserve to be paid far more than private industry workers, then don’t watch this clip. It is shocking. Did you know twenty per cent of federal employees make $100,000 or more? And the retirement benefits are fabulous. [...]