I am fed up with anti-union people bashing unions, blaming unions for the ills of our economy and our government, and using unions as a scapegoat to excuse the failure of private businesses and greedy corporations; and, I am fed up with the anti-union people's down-right ignorance of the facts concerning unions in the United States.
How in the hell do these people come up with their crap? All they do is point fingers, assign blame, castigate, malign, and provide negative commentary without providing raw, unadulterated facts to support their contentions.
The following short paragraph is only a starting point for some facts on union membership in the United States of America.
Only a small minority of the American workforce is unionized.
"In 2008, union members accounted for 12.4 percent of employed wage
and salary workers ... "
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Division of Labor Force Statistics, Economic News Release, Union Members Summary. Read the full Union Members Summary over here.
And then, read the entire report: Union Members (Annual).
In my biased opinion, people should really bone up about unions before they spout off. A very basic primer to start the learning process on the overall subject may be read at Wikipedia. Go there to read Labor unions in the United States.
It has been claimed that Joe Friday said "Just the facts, ma'am." While that urban legend is untrue, I have to say I would like the anti-union 'dip squats' to back up their postulations with facts rather than unfounded conjecture.
And another thing to my anti-union friends (and I really do have friends who espouse anti-union sentiments) who may disagree with me or wish to debate me, anecdotal evidence just doesn't cut it with me on this one.
Incidentally, Roland Hansen Commentary has had two previous entries along the vein of union bashings. They are:
Teachers on Strike
Consumer Beware: Are cars overpriced?