According to the AFL-CIO, a union umbrella body, the average worker in a right-to-work state earns $5,971 less annually than workers elsewhere in America. Only 46.8% of private-sector employers in right-to-work states offer health insurance to their employees, compared with 52.6% in other states, says the AFL-CIO.For most of my lifetime, the Republican party has been pushing anti-union legislation and for the most part, it has succeeded:
In 2013 there were 14.5 million members in the U.S., compared with 17.7 million in 1983. In 2013, the percentage of workers belonging to a union in the United States (or total labor union "density") was 11.3%, compared to 20.1% in 1983. From a global perspective, the density in 2010 was 11.4% in the U.S., 18.4% in Germany, 27.5% in Canada, and 70% in Finland. Union membership in the private sector has fallen under 7% — levels not seen since 1932.
This labor day, remember what labor unions accomplished, and then what republican anti-union legislation did to most of us, and enjoy this reminder from my grandmother's old union: