The Big Labor Stranglehold: Killing Jobs and Hurting America

By Carl F.

Union membership as a share of the labor force is at its lowest level in decades. Only 11.9% of all U.S. employees in 2010 belonged to a labor organization. Yet as the unfolding drama in Wisconsin this year has revealed, unions are far from irrelevant. Indeed, public-sector employees have emerged as one of the most powerful forces in the nation’s economic and political life, driving many states and localities to severe fiscal distress. Their close alliance with the Democratic Party has accelerated this trend.

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