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Unions and manufacturing jobs

Yesterday I shared news that union membership in the U.S. stood at 11.3% in 2011 … the lowest level in 76 years. And in Kansas, union membership dropped from 10.1% in 2011 to 8.4% in 2012.
That started me thinking; where do we see the most union jobs in Kansas?
Airplane-making and other big manufacturing is driven by a union work force. A total of 3.2 million … one in six U.S. manufacturing jobs … disappeared between 2000 and 2007.
I have never been a union member. Over the past 30 years my profession … radio personality … has seen about an 80% drop in workers, thanks to new technology and the consolidation of ownership. Mine is a profession with very little union involvement.
I will hazard a guess that if the economy continues to improve … if Americans go back into the factories and begin making things again … the number of union jobs will increase. It makes sense to me.
Our thought for today is from Don Marquis:
“When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’”

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01/31/2013 1:00AM
Unions and manufacturing jobs
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