U.S. Secretary of Labor cheerleader for unions

“”When coupled with existing data showing that union members have access to better health care, retirement and leave benefits, today’s numbers make it clear that union jobs are not only good jobs, they are central to restoring our middle class.” – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis

WASHINGTON –Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual “Union Members – 2010” report released 1/21/2011:

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2010, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent in 2009. Among private sector employees, the rate dropped to 6.9 percent from 7.2 percent in 2009.

“The data also show the median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary union members were $917 per week, compared to $717 for workers not represented by unions. For Latinos, the wage disparity is even greater with union members earning an average of $771 compared to $512 for workers not represented by unions, a difference of 33.6 percent.

“When coupled with existing data showing that union members have access to better health care, retirement and leave benefits, today’s numbers make it clear that union jobs are not only good jobs, they are central to restoring our middle class.

“As workers across the country continue to face lower wages and difficulty finding work due to the recent recession, these numbers demonstrate the pressing need to provide workers with a voice in the workplace and protect their right to organize and bargain collectively.”

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  • Afl

    Here is the deal folks. Unions are good as they prevent worker abuse. Child labor, unpaid overtime, non-living wages, cramped conditions, etc. are all problems that used to exist but now do not. And who to thank? Unions, that’s who.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Actually it would probably be best to thank employers for this, not unions, as a rising economy tend to alleviate working condition problems more so than unionization.

    How do we know this? Pretty simple actually. When we look around the world we see plenty of economies where these problems have largely disappeared, or been reduced.

    Do we see large scale unionization coinciding with the reduction in these workplace unpleasantness? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Europe being an example of the former, China, India and Japan being examples of the latter. Are conditions perfect in those countries? No, but to the extent they have improved not due to unions but due to economic freedom.

    So the bottom line is, unionization sometimes coincides better working conditions, but is not responsible. Largely unionization is a byproduct of increased prosperity, not a cause of it.

  • Britt Storkson

    What do you expect? The education department protects and benefits the teachers and administrators at the expense of students. The Food and Drug administration protects and benefits the drug manufacturers at the expense of those who need the drugs…and the beat goes on

  • Anonymous

    States with high rates of unionization are statistically high tax states, because unions fund the campaigns of tax and spend liberal Democrats, giving Democrats about 98 percent of union campaign donations. In other words, the union increases the wages and the politicians they elect take the money back.

    The other problem with the numbers the Labor Secretary is trumpeting is that the union movement today is largely a public sector phenomenon. Seven percent of private sector workers are unionized and 42 percent of public sector workers are unionized. In other words, union workers may make more, but the taxpayers are footing the bill for the largess of many of them.

    There was a day when unions did some good things and in fact were in some places necessary. That day has long passed. Today, unions which once protected workers are today the biggest exploiters of workers and are doing everything in their power to prevent workers from voting on whether to be unionized and having the right to not support their union’s far left political agenda.

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