13 September 2012 0 Comments

Union Power Prevents Progress Part 5: Union Power In Politics

Inquirer reports on Union Power and the power of Union Organizers to influence the outcomes of elections.

“It’s been proven that our people vote and it’s proven that we can make up 25 to 30 percent of the vote in certain districts,” Williams said. “There are a lot of politicians that want that vote.”

In the 1950s, more than one in four American workers belonged to a union. By 2011, the percentage had declined to 11.8, with 14.8 million people represented overall. Government workers tend to be more heavily unionized – one in three. In the private sector, union density had dropped to 6.9 percent in 2011.

Even so, “if the union vote splinters or doesn’t turn out, it’s very damaging for Democrats,” said Christopher Borick, head of Muhlenberg College’s Institute of Public Opinion in Allentown.

“Labor is declining as a force to be reckoned with, but it’s still a force,” said Bruce Haynes, a Republican strategist in a political consulting firm, Purple Strategies in Alexandria, Va., that serves Democratic and Republican clients.  READ MORE Inquirer 12 August 2012  Phila. rally is test of labor’s cloutWatch sports videos you won’t find anywhere else

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