Labor Day 2013

What she said.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Today is Labor Day.

Many states bar collective bargaining.

Many have passed laws intended to extinguish or cripple labor unions.

Today, union membership in the United States has fallen to the lowest point in 97 years, according to the New York Times.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the total number of union members fell by 400,000 last year, to 14.3 million, even though the nation’s overall employment rose by 2.4 million. The percentage of workers in unions fell to 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011, the bureau found in its annual report on union membership. That brought unionization to its lowest level since 1916, when it was 11.2 percent, according to a study by two Rutgers economists, Leo Troy and Neil Sheflin.

Labor specialists cited several reasons for the steep one-year decline in union membership. Among the factors were new laws that rolled back the power of…

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