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U.S. Dept. of Labor Union Wages

Why would anyone want to bust a union? Obviously so they can pay the employee less.
The figures speak for themselves. Keep reading, the punch line is at the bottom. “They say Unions are dying. Why would anyone rush out to say “I want to earn less”. Because Unions have been painted as the devil, denying good wages to everyone else. The truth of the matter is that you have to consider the source. Republicans, Wall to Wall mart, big employers with a vested interest in keeping wages low.

Union Members Summary

     USDL 07-0113
    Thursday, January 25, 2007
                          UNION MEMBERS IN 2006The bold italics are my comments. Narsbars

To be fair there is information stating union membership has declined.

Why would membership decline with the facts shown here? Part of the reasonis George Bush, who has taken the right of unionionization from thousand ofFederal workers.
 --Workers in the public sector had a union membership rate nearly five times thatof private sector employees.                                  
The union membership rate for government workers (36.2 percent) was substantiallyhigher than for private industry workers (7.4 percent).
Within the public sector, local government workers had the highest union membershiprate, 41.9 percent.  This group includes several heavily unionized occupations, suchas teachers, police officers, and fire fighters.
Among major private industries, transportation and utilities had the highest unionmembership rate, at 23.2 percent, followed by construction (13.0 percent).  Withinthe information industry, telecommunications had a 20.7 percent union membershiprate.  Financial activities had the lowest unionization rate in 2006--1.9 percent.
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Union Representation of Nonmembers
   About 1.5 million wage and salary workers were represented by a union on theirmain job in 2006, while not being union members themselves.  (See table 1.)  Slightlymore than half of these workers were employed in government.  (See table 3.)
In 2006, full-time wage and salary workers who were union membershad median usual weekly earnings of $833, compared with a medianof $642 for wage and salary workers who were not represented byunions.

Do you think they could afford to pay fair share from the difference?

June 14th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | AGEM, FAIR SHARE, MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES | no comments

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