ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Why the nation's union movement is in decline

The recent United Auto Workers strike against General Motors Corp. provides a good backdrop for considering the collapse of the union movement, and its causes. Back in the early 1970s, about one in four workers belonged to a union. Unions and union interests were powerful. Then, as now, unions came in two flavors-trade and industrial. Trade unions serve a critical role in the functioning of markets. Employers of carpenters, welders, masons, plumbers and a host of others rely upon unions...

 

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