Furchtgott-Roth: Why the unions are shrinking

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth, The Washington Examiner

On Wednesday, the Labor Department publishes 2012 data showing that during President Obama’s first term the unionization rate — the percentage of American workers belonging to unions — declined faster than during two terms of President George W. Bush. Who would have guessed?

The total unionization rate declined from 11.8 percent of wage and salary workers in 2011 to 11.2 percent in 2012. Private-sector unionization fell from 6.9 percent to 6.6 percent, and the government unionization rate dropped from 37 percent to 35.9 percent. The total Obama-era decline is 1.2 percentage points, compared with 1.1 percentage points during the eight Bush years.

Although Obama has championed union causes, his tax and regulatory policies have systematically discouraged business investment and job creation in America for all workers — union and nonunion.


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