New York has the highest number of union workers in the nation at 24.1%. After that, comes Alaska (22.1 percent), and Hawaii (21.5 percent).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest numbers of union members live in California (2.4 million) and New York (1.9 million). Over half of the 14.8 million union members in the U.S. live in just seven states (California, 2.4 million; New York, 1.9 million; Illinois, 0.9 million; Pennsylvania, 0.8 million; Michigan 0.7 million; and New Jersey and Ohio, 0.6 million each), though these states accounted for only about one-third of wage and salary employment nationally.
The liberal states with high union membership are in the worst economic shape. The unsustainable promises of salaries and benefits are part of their problem.
In Michigan, Governor Snyder is going to sign a bill today that makes Michigan a right-to-work state. He is not going after collective bargaining. He is only allowing workers the freedom to choose if they will or will not join the union. He hopes this will attract businesses to Michigan, businesses they need desperately.
Unions have been using union dues to buy votes so they can be granted favors such as lucrative contracts, contracts that Michigan can no longer afford.
Some Michigan schools have shut down today because more than 750 teachers have called in sick. Don’t they care about the children? The Superintendents should require doctors’ note’ from these teachers.
Protesters are filling the Michigan capitol and the property outside. Many have been bussed in from states as far away as Florida.
The scene from earlier today:
Crime-ridden Camden City, NJ has taken a novel approach to their union problems. They just fired their entire police force. The small city had 60 murders so far this year. Camden is one of the most dangerous cities in the nation in murders, rapes, assaults and robberies. They are too poor to hire police so they are going to let the county hire a larger, cheaper police force.
The Mayor said the benefits are just too expensive. Camden has virtually no businesses to support the union contracts except the drug business. She said she will hire as many police back as she can but if she gets past half, the old contract comes back into effect.
President Obama and his party are beholden to the unions and he has rewarded them.
President Obama has hired 95 federal government workers a day for every day of his presidency, not counting military, and despite all the post office layoffs. Government workers average a third more in pay and benefits than private workers and we now have only 1.7 private workers to support each government worker. Government workers must by nature subsist on private workers.
We’re going to have government workers crawling up our backs telling us how to behave at every turn. That will be the real war – when people have to cut their salaries and benefits back because they are unaffordable.
President Obama emboldened the union workers with his rah-rah speech in Lansing yesterday. Today, many union workers have become violent and intimidating. They hope to win by bullying not by democratic principles. That’s their style and apparently it’s Obama’s.
Unions are very effective though. If you take time off from work to drink and possibly smoke pot, they will be there for you and make the company hire you back. That happened to Chrysler.
Do you want your car made by one of these guys? Time to buy your great car made by potheads.