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How Did We Get Here: Decline of Labor Movement

Jul 27, 2011 | By Page May

The percent of American workers belonging to a union has been in decline since the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. The fall in union membership has contributed to increasing wage inequality and a decline in civic engagement.

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One-sided Arguments Reinforce Polarization That Masks Injustice

I am as fascinated as anyone with these statistics and abhor the injustices they illuminate, but if we seek to depolarize the rhetoric and engage people of conscience of all stripes to join this movement, we'd do well to recognize in our analyses that an additional cause of the fall of unions was their own excesses. Certain needs of workers appear to be in conflict with certain needs of management, but the reality is they both share the fundamental need for their venture to succeed. In their own human frailty, unions are their members have frequently lost sight of that truth to everyone's detriment. Worker organization must be itself founded in justice, respect, and truth to add value to society.

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