Union Membership Rate Falls to 100-Year Low

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This is from The Daily Signal.

It will be no loss if the unions just fade away.

Look at the trouble Detriot is in due to the unions.

Look at the problems the UAW has caused the big three auto makers.


New information from the federal government suggests workers’ interest in unions continues to fall, with union membership reaching its lowest rate in 100 years.

According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, the union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent, with just 14.6 million wage and salaried workers maintaining membership.

In 2013, the union membership rate was 0.2 percentage points higher, at 11.3 percent.

The rate of union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades. It grew slightly from 12.1 percent in 2007 to 12.4 percent in 2008. During President Obama’s first year in office, however, it fell once more.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said in a statement today that though there has been job growth over the past 58 months, many of the jobs created do not provide fair wages.

“A strong recovery must be built on family-sustaining, not poverty-level jobs,” he said. “Today’s news confirms what most of us already knew: workers are finding good union jobs despite political ideologues—and jobs are coming back as the economy slowly rebounds, but neither are nearly enough.”

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of union membership for public-sector workers last year was 35.7 percent, compared to just 6.6 percent for the private sector.

Of those working in the public sector, government had the highest union membership rate.

James Sherk, a labor economics policy economist at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal that the drop in the rate of union membership can likely be attributed to the antiquated union model.

“They’re selling a product that hasn’t changed that much since the 1930s when America’s labor laws were founded,” he said. “Today’s workers simply aren’t that interested in purchasing what unions have to sell.”

Sherk said that unions have failed to modernize over time and noted that workers are moving away from joining because their contracts are no longer relevant.

Trumka disagreed.

“Today’s release of the annual union membership numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in this economic recovery, people are either seeking out good union jobs or taking matters into their own hands by forming unions to raise wages and ensure that new jobs are good jobs,” he said in his statement.


92,898,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Matches 36-Year Low

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This is from CNSNews.

These numbers match numbers from the Jimmy Carter years.

I lived and was unemployed during a lot of the Carter years I lost a great paying construction job.


( – A record 92,898,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in December, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.7 percent.

The labor force participation had also been 62.7 percent this September, but prior to that had not been that low since February 1978, which was 36 years ago the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who either had a job or was actively seeking one during the month. Those not in the labor force neither had a job, nor sought one.


In addition to the 36-year low participation rate, a record 92,898,000 Americans did not participate in the labor force in December. That’s 456,000 more than the 92,442,000 Americans who did not participate in November.

BLS employment statistics are based on the civilian noninstitutional population, which consists of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home.

In December, the civilian noninstitutional population was 249,027,000 according to BLS. Of that 249,027,000, 156,129,000–or 62.7 percent–participated in the labor force, meaning they either had or job or had actively sought one in the last four weeks.

Of the 156,129,000 who did participate in the labor force, 147,442,000 had a job and 8,688,000 did not have a job but actively sought one. Those 8,688,000 are the unemployed. They equaled 5.6 percent of the labor force—or an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent (which was down from the 5.8 percent unemployment rate in November).

Union bosses take big bucks from boilermakers

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This is by Jason

How do I become an International Brotherhood of Boilermakers officer?

I could not be an IBB officer because I am not a blood sucking parasite.


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IBB photo International Brotherhood of Boilermakers President Newton Jones


Three International Brotherhood of Boilermakers officers were paid more than $500,000 during the union’s fiscal year ending June 30.

Including gross salaries and other disbursements reported to the U.S. Department of Labor, IBB International Vice President Ed Power was paid $697,714. President Newton Jones was paid $639,034, and international vice president Joseph Maloney was paid $501,392.

A total of 61 officers and employees in IBB’s Kansas City, Kan., international headquarters were paid $100,000 or more; 19 were paid more than $200,000, and nine were paid in excess of $350,000.

IBB officers and employees are paid with money taken from workers across the United States and Canada. In addition to lobbying against free trade and in favor of government spending, IBB warns members to beware Big Labor’s critics.

“Our opponents are targeting our very right to exist,” Jones wrote in a 2013 manual for the IBB Legislative Education Action Program. “The hypocrisy of their arguments defies logic.”

“The insincerity of their beliefs is only exceeded by the deceit of their words and the greed of their actions,” Jones wrote, adding, “Our agenda is you and the economic well-being of your family. THIS IS A TIME FOR ALL BOILERMAKERS — ALL WORKERS — TO STICK TOGETHER.”

A “War on Workers” section of IBB’s website contains news stories attacking right-to-work laws, federal budget cuts and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Right to work allows employees in unionized workplaces to choose whether to pay union bosses.

Jones was paid a gross salary of $388,708 during IBB’s 2014 fiscal year, while Power’s gross salary was $552,964. If IBB stands with its members — the average wage for a boilermaker in America is $57,920, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — who decides to pay union leaders so much?

“In our union, as in most, International officer salaries are set during convention (held once every five years) by a vote of the delegates from across the United States and Canada who represent the membership of our affiliate local lodges,” IBB communications director Mike Linderer explained in an email to

“These delegates vote during the convention on officer salaries and on any increases during the course of the ensuing five years. They are empowered to debate and challenge any law committee proposals and offer counterproposals if they so choose,” Linderer added. “The law committee is even made up of a subset of those same convention delegates to the convention.”

IBB officers are among the highest-paid union bosses on the planet even though the union’s membership numbers pale in comparison to larger AFL-CIO affiliates.

Compensation for officers and employees at IBB headquarters totaled $15,749,989, the equivalent of $287.47 a year from each of the union’s 54,789 members.

Based on gross salary disbursements, officers and employees of IBB were paid an average of $109,551 during the union’s 2014 fiscal year. Including all disbursements from the union, IBB officers and employees were paid an average of $148,585.

“The Department of Labor requires extensive financial reporting from labor unions (considerably more demanding than what is required of corporations for their shareholders to review),” Linderer wrote. “Unfortunately, the Labor-Management (LM) reports are often misinterpreted by those who read them, whether through ignorance or malice, inflating actual salaries by combining them with business expenses.”

“Consider a reporter’s air flight and hotel expenses: Would you consider them salary or even income? In our case, they are construed as part of the ‘total compensation.’ This, unfortunately, ends up as a twisting of words and facts by reporters for their ‘news’ reporting agenda.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, whose compensation comes from IBB and other unions in the AFL-CIO coalition, was paid a total of $332,131 in the past year. Although IBB’s membership accounts for less than one half of one percent of AFL-CIO’s, eight IBB officers and one IBB employee were paid more than Trumka in 2014.

Power and Jones were each paid more than twice as much as Trumka. Asked about the disparity, Linderer pointed to the compensation of CEOs.

“As for the compensation comparison with President Trumka, I simply point you to the compensation of so many multi-millionaire, multi-billionaire CEOs, some serving in Congress, compared to the paltry few hundred thousand dollars a year paid to our United States President, as long as you are looking for comparisons,” Linderer told

The average American CEO is paid $178,400, a recent Wall Street Journal study found.


Fmr. Dem Governor Teaching ‘Job Growth’ At Cal-Berkeley Despite Soaring Unemployment During Tenure

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This is from The Daily Caller.

The people in charge at the University of Cal-Berkeley are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is the last person I would want to teach about job growth. 


Should a university hire a former governor that oversaw an almost-eight percent spike in unemployment to teach a class about job growth? Probably not.

Yet, that’s exactly what the University of Cal-Berkeley did when they hired Jennifer Granholm, the former Michigan governor who oversaw the downfall of Detroit, the auto industry, and burgeoning unemployment throughout the state.

This fall, the former two-term Democratic governor is teaching a graduate course on “job growth” that is focused on “creating jobs through better government policies.”

However, during Granholm’s eight-year governorship, the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed from 6.6 percent (Jan. 2003) to 14.2 percent (Aug. 2009), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (see chart below). The national average, during the same period of time, rose from 5.8 percent to 9.6 percent.

The unemployment rate rounded out at 11 percent when she left office in January, 2011, which was two points higher than the national average.

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The course aims to develop “clean energy job creation strategies” while helping to “launch The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley.”

“The American Jobs Project (AJP) will focus on a bottom-up strategy of stoking jobs policy in the states, designing the road-map for each state to create innovative energy job clusters in the advanced energy and manufacturing job sectors,” according to the schools course preview (see below).

Ironically, as Granholm looks to teach students how to increase job growth through clean energy strategies, Michigan consumed 54 percent of its energy from coal during 2013, which is brought in via rail from Montana and Wyoming.

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Record 92,269,000 Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Matches 36-Year Low

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This is from CNSNews.

Yet the Obama Regime says unemployment is at 6.1%.

These numbers of people out of the work force match Jimmy Carter’s numbers.


( – A record 92,269,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in August, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The labor force participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent in six of the last twelve months, but prior to last October had not fallen that low since 1978.

BLS employment statistics are based on the civilian noninstitutional population, which consists of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home.

In August, the civilian noninstitutional population was 248,229,000 according to BLS. Of that 248,229,000, 155,959,000—or 62.8 percent–participated in the labor force, meaning they either had or job or had actively sought one in the last four weeks.

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The 92,269,000 who did not participate in the labor force are those in the civilian noninstitutional population who did not have a job and did not actively seek one in the last four weeks. Because they did not seek a job, they did not count as “unemployed.”

Of the 155,959,000 who did participate in the labor force, 146,368,000 had a job and 9,591,000 did not have a job but actively sought one. The 9,591,000 are the unemployed. They equaled 6.1 percent of the labor force—or an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent (which was down slightly from the 6.2 percent unemployment rate in July).

The 146,368,000 people employed in the United States in August was up 16,000 from the 146,352,000 who were employed in July.

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Wage Discrimination

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This is by Walter E.Williams in Town Hall.

Walter as always is spot on with his observations.


“President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap,” read one headline. Another read, “Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men’s Dollar In 2012.” It’s presumed that big, greedy corporations are responsible for what is seen as wage injustice. Before discussing the “unjust” wage differences between men and women, let’s acknowledge an even greater injustice — which no one seems to care about — age injustice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers ages 16 to 24 earn only 54 cents on every dollar earned by workers 25 or older ( This wage gap is 43 percent greater than the male/female gap. Our president, progressives, do-gooders, academics and union leaders show little interest in big, greedy corporations ripping off the nation’s youth. You might say, “Whoa, Williams! There’s a reason younger people earn less than older people. They don’t have the skills or experience.” My response would be — if I shared the vision of the president, media elite and do-gooders: Just as there can be no justification for big, greedy corporations paying women less than they pay men, there’s no justification for them to exploit the nation’s youth.

The 77 percent median income statistic, used in discussions about male/female differences in earnings, tells us nothing about differences that might explain the differences in income, and it leads to stupid discussions. Let’s use some common sense and look at some differences between men and women that may have a bearing on earnings.

Kay S. Hymowitz’s article “Why the Gender Gap Won’t Go Away. Ever,” in City Journal (summer 2011), shows that female doctors earn only 64 percent of what male doctors earn. But it turns out that only 16 percent of surgeons are women, whereas 50 percent of pediatricians are women. Even though surgeons have put in many more years of education and training than pediatricians and earn higher pay, should Obama and Congress equalize their salaries? Alternatively, they might force female pediatricians to become surgeons.

There are inequalities everywhere. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian men and women have median earnings higher than white men and women. Female cafeteria attendants earn more than their male counterparts. Females who are younger than 30 and have never been married earn salaries 8 percent higher than males of the same description. Among women who graduated from college during 1992-93, by 2003 more than one-fifth were no longer in the workforce, and another 17 percent were working part time. That’s to be compared with only 2 percent of men in either category. Hymowitz cites several studies showing significant career choice and lifestyle differences between men and women that result in differences in income.

According to 2010 BLS data, the following jobs contain 1 percent or less female workers: boilermakers, brick masonry, stonemasonry, septic tank servicing, sewer pipe cleaners and trash collectors. By contrast, women are 97 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers, 80 percent of social workers, 82 percent of librarians and 92 percent of dietitians and nutritionists and registered nurses.

For people having limited thinking skills, differences in earnings cannot be explained away. For them, Congress has permitted — and even fostered — a misallocation of people by race, sex and ethnicity. They’ll argue that courts have consistently concluded that “gross” disparities are probative of a pattern and practice of discrimination. So what to do? Maybe President Obama and Congress should require women, who are overrepresented in preschool and kindergarten teaching, to become boilermakers, garbage collectors and brick masons and mandate that male boilermakers, trash collectors and brick masons become preschool and kindergarten teachers until both of their percentages are equal to their percentages in the population. You say, “Williams, to do that would be totalitarianism!” I say that if Americans accept that Congress can force us to buy health insurance, how much more totalitarian would it be for Congress to force people to take jobs they don’t want?

Labor unions have some wild ideas about ‘work’

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This is from Florida

Unions doing their best worst to abuse taxpayers.

I think unions have outlived their usefulness.


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2). No shows at work

Dozens of Miami-Dade County employees often don’t bother to show up for work, and instead, opt to spend their time working as union reps, on the taxpayers’ dime. County Commissioner Esteban Bovo told Florida Watchdog this is costing taxpayers anywhere from $12 million to $24 million annually.

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3). A gamble where everyone wins

Martin Mulhall, a groundkeeper for Mardi Gras Gaming in Hallandale Beach, Fla., alleged the Florida casino traded the personal information of nonunion employees to UNITE-HERE, a hospitality union, in exchange for the union’s endorsement of a bill that would expand gambling in the state.

Mulhall said that the union used the personal information, as well as access to casino grounds, to wage a 2004 card-check campaign, which would allow labor organizing at the casino without a secret ballot election. The groundskeeper and his attorney argued that the casino, in giving the union the personal information of employees, violated federal labor law.

On Dec. 10, the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss an appeal from UNITE HERE Local 355 without deciding whether its agreement with Mardi Gras Gaming is valid.



4) The ‘pushing’ power  

The Miami police union, just one week before union negotiations, produced a video warning job applicants not to work for them. “Are you looking to advance in your career? Do not apply to be a police officer in the City of Miami,” says the 16-second clip, shown in the Fraternal Order of Police website.



5) Meetings: Not open to public

According to The Times-Union, Jacksonville mayor’s office worked secretly with the Police and Fire Pension Board in a carefully organized  ruse to iron out a pension deal. The secret meeting appeared to be a violation of the state’s Sunshine Law that says all collective-bargaining meetings must be open to the public.











On the flip side, being a unionized employee has its advantages. According to a 2011Bureau of Labor Statistics report, unionized workers typically earn higher pay than nonunion workers doing the same job. Although it varies based on industry and occupation, the overall averages are striking. In 2010, union workers’ median weekly income was $917, compared to  $717 for nonunion workers.

According to the New York Times, in Florida, one in 20 of workers in the state belongs to a union.


Unions suffer steep decline in membership

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Unions suck the lie out of every business the get their hooks into.

The unions devastated the coal industry in Indiana.

They destroyed two small companies in my area of Indiana.

Unions have destroyed Hostess Bakery they would have destroyed the auto industry.

But Obama stepped in and bailed them out.

However they will eventually suck the life out of the car industry.

The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, led by losses in the public sector as cash-strapped state and local governments laid off workers and — in some cases — limited collective bargaining rights.

The union membership rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s.

Total membership fell by about 400,000 workers to 14.4 million. More than half the loss — about 234,000 — came from government workers including teachers, firefighters and public administrators.

The losses add another blow to a labor movement already stretched thin by fighting efforts in states like Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan to curb bargaining rights and weaken union clout.

But unions also saw losses in the private sector, even as the economy expanded modestly. That rate fell of membership fell from 6.9 percent to 6.6 percent, a troubling sign for the future of organized labor, as job growth has generally taken place at nonunion firms.

“To employers, it’s going to look like the labor movement is ready for a knockout punch,” said Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. “You can’t be a movement and get smaller.”

Unions have steadily lost members since their peak in the 1950s, when about one of every three workers was in a union. By 1983, roughly 20 percent of American workers were union members.

Losses in the public sector are hitting unions particularly hard since that has been one of the few areas where membership was growing over the past two decades. About 51 percent of union members work in government, where until recently, there had been little resistance to union organizing.

That began to change when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2011 eliminating most union rights for government workers. The state lost about 46,000 union members last year, mostly in the public sector.

Union officials blame losses on the lingering effects of the recession, as well as GOP governors and state lawmakers who have sought to weaken union rights.

“Our still-struggling economy, weak laws and political as well as ideological assaults have taken a toll on union membership, and in the process have also imperiled economic security and good, middle class jobs,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

In Indiana, where a new right-to-work law took effect last March, the state lost about 56,000 union members. The law prohibits unions from requiring workers to pay union fees, even if they benefit from a collective bargaining agreement. Michigan lawmakers approved a similar measure in December.

Another problem for unions is an aging membership that is not being replaced by younger members. By age, the union membership rate was highest among workers ages 55 to 64 (14.9 percent) and lowest among those ages 16 to 24 (4.2 percent).

In New York, the state with the highest union density, nearly one-quarter of the workforce belonged to a union. North Carolina had the lowest at 2.9 percent.

Among full-time wage and salary workers, union members in 2012 had median weekly earnings of $943, while those who were not union members earned $742.

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9,000 mining jobs lost in October

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Barack Milhous Capone Kardashian’s war on coal is piling up casualties.

Since May of this year the number of mine workers has decreased by 17,ooo.

If reelected the coal industry will be bankrupted.

The the oil industry will be the next one bankrupted.

We will suffer with massive increases in the cost of energy and utilities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 9,000 jobs lost in mining in October, a statistic Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is likely to cite in the waning hours of the campaign.

“Mining lost 9,000 jobs in October, with most of the decline occurring in support activities for mining,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in Friday’s jobs report. “Since May of this year, employment in mining has decreased by 17,000.”

Some have critiqued the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for their regulations on the coal industry, calling it a” war on coal.”

At a rally in Ohio, Romney said of a possible Obama second term, “You know he’s going to continue his war on coal, you knows he’s going to keep pushing back on oil and natural gas.” This issue also plays in Pennsylvania, where Romney is making a new push.

The Romney campaign also released an ad this week that reinforces its message of President Obama’s hostility to the coal industry.

“If somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can – it’s just that it will bankrupt them,” President Obama says in the ad, then adding that “22 Pennsylvania Coal Units Announced They Will Close Or Convert.”

The free market energy policy group American Energy Alliance pointed to these job losses as a clear indication of the need for new energy policy reform.

“[Friday’s] employment report underscores the need for new, pro-growth policies for the energy and manufacturing sectors,” the group’s president Thomas Pyle said.

“Manufacturing jobs were flat again this month, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this sector has shown little change since April. Average earnings fell again, yet energy prices continue to climb,” Pyle said.

The Institute for Energy Research claims “more than 34 gigawatts of electrical generating capacity are now set to retire” nearly 10 percent of the coal industry, due to EPA regulations. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has countered that competition from natural gas and other complex economic factors are to blame for coal’s decline.

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Gasoline Prices More than Double Under Obama: $1.84 to $3.85

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This is from CNSNews.

Is this what Obama meant with his Hope and Change slogan?

I think the slogan was there is No Hope for Having any Change left.

Raising fuel prices hit all of us on fixed incomes hard.

Higher fuel prices affect our daughters education.

We home school and higher fuel prices decrease our field trips.

Higher fuel prices increase food prices,and anything delivered by vehicles. – Average retail gasoline prices have more than doubled under President Obama, according to government statistics, rising from $1.84 per gallon to $3.85 per gallon.

The average gasoline price is calculated by the Energy Information Agency, and shows that over the past 43 months of President Obama’s term retail gasoline prices have more than doubled, rising from an average of $1.84 per gallon to $3.85 per gallon.

Rising gasoline prices were particularly prevalent in August, which saw a 9.0 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for gasoline, a rise that almost entirely accounts for the general increase in prices seen by families across the country over the past month.

In other words, the recent spike in prices for all goods – tracked by the government’s Consumer Price Index – can be almost entirely accounted for by the rise in gasoline prices. Prices in the economy rose by 0.6 percent overall in August.

“The seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was the largest since June 2009. About 80 percent of the increase was accounted for by the gasoline index, which rose 9.0 percent and was the major factor in the energy index rising sharply in August after declining in each of the four previous months,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a press release announcing the new CPI figures for August.

Over the past twelve months, general prices have risen 1.7 percent, BLS reported.

CPI is a measure of the average change in prices for goods and services in the economy seen by consumers – making it the leading indicator of the inflation experienced directly by consumers throughout the country.



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