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Power 1917-2019: U.S. income inequality and union membership

  1. John Hermann
    June 25, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    These graphs show a clear and strong correlation.

  2. Patrick Newman
    June 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Both in the USA and UK, the picture and the story is the same. Union membership in the UK is below 7m out of a workforce of 31m. This has been contrived by a combination of anti-union propaganda by the Right-wing press and governments combined with aggressive legislation limiting the scope for industrial action but also interfering with the internal affairs of trade unions.

  3. Ikonoclast
    June 25, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Thus, the smashing of the unions has achieved its intended outcome. That intended outcome was to make the rich richer. It has been a highly successful policy by the rich, for the rich.

    Everybody on the left in politics complains about it but won’t do anything. The union I was in, back in,my working days, would not go on strike when our rights, conditions and pay were being reduced. I argued for strike action. I was almost a lone voice. I told a large meeting of members and officials that they were “supine” and as workers they would die the death of a thousand cuts by not fighting. It did no good. They caved in time after time and our conditions and pay went backwards. The people only have themselves to blame if they won’t fight for workers rights and minority rights.

  4. David Boffey
    July 12, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Very, very telling.
    From a UK perspective, Thatcher won, sadly. But unions must take some of the blame. In the early 70s (Blackpool 72 & 73) some of us pushed for unions to engage with management in the same way they did in Germany for example but we were shouted down so i would be interested to see the data for Germany and other EU countries.

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