Labor's last legs

An article by Lance Compa in today's Washington Post tries to give some hope to labor enthusiasts in the face of declining union membership.

Since then the drip, drip, drip of annual falling membership figures tortures labor advocates. Is it the sound of blood?

No. The union movement is still a vital wellspring in American social life. It flows up from more than 16 million workers who belong to unions, from thousands more forming new unions each year and from millions more who appreciate what unions do.[...]

The importance of freedom of association, the impulse to stick together and the need for "somebody to back me up" in the face of employer power never go away.

That's ironic because unions have been violating freedom of association throughout the 20th century.

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