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The news for union supporters is going from bad to worse today. The Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News has just posted a new story titled “BLS Report: Labor Unions Lost Nearly 10% of Members in 2010.”
It’s written by Budget & Tax News contributor David Denholm, whose Public Service Research Foundation has spent decades tracking the activities of government unions and their influence on government policies.
Here’s an excerpt:
Union membership fell by almost 10 percent in a single year, from 15,327,000 in 2009 to 14,715,000 in 2010, a loss of 612,000 members.
More than half of that decline was in the private sector, where union membership fell by 339,000, from 7.43 million in 2009 to 7.09 million in 2010. The decline in union membership was accompanied by a decline of 317,000 in employment on private payrolls.
Unlike 2009, when public sector union membership increased despite a decline in government employment, in 2010 public sector union membership also declined, in this case by 273,000 members.
Read the full report here.
Also today Rasmussen Reports released a poll showing strong support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to change collective bargaining rules and make government workers pay more for their pensions and health insurance benefits.