Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Union worker transition: from private to public

You were assigned some reading on this subject several days ago in this post: Public sector unions & budget crises...a homework assignment.

It was followed, of course, by the elevation of your faithful scribe to national status as described here: “Other Side” goes National!

The Wall Street Journal has published another succinct column on the subject today, and you can find it here.

It begins thus;

It's now official: In 2009 the number of unionized workers who work for the government surpassed those in the private economy for the first time. This milestone explains a lot about modern American politics, in particular the paradox that union clout with Democrats has increased even as fewer workers belong to unions overall.

And contains this graphic for data junkies:


If the phone don’t ring, I’ll know it’s the Journal not looking for another letter.  I’ve already had my 4 column inches of fame.  And I’ve spent the earnings.


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