90% of Union Growth in the US was in New York


Private sector unions have no future. The future is private sector unions monopolizing sectors of public services and the bureaucracy and feeding off sweetheart deals given to them by politicians in exchange for donations and votes.

The private sector unions that exist either get locked into an adjacent model overseeing a monopoly or getting funded by government cash.

In the race for state bankruptcy by a major state, New York is trying to gain on California because apparently only one place in the country is mismanaged enough to commit fully to that model. New York.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual survey of union membership last month, and the 2013 numbers were not as bad as many thought. The overall union membership rate remained at 11.3 percent (technically, it fell from 11.26% to 11.25%), and unions grew by 162,000 members to 14,528,000.

In 2013, almost 90 percent of union membership growth came from one state: New York.

According to BLS, New York added 213,000 jobs in 2013 and 145,000 union members – an astonishing marginal unionization rate of 68.1 percent. The entire rest of the nation added 1,320,000 jobs and 17,000 union members – a marginal unionization rate of 1.3 percent.

That’s either bad news for BLS statisticians or bad news for New York. It’s not clear why the gap would be that extreme.

A lot of New York private sector unions are entertainment related, but I don’t see Broadway musicians and film crew unions adding quite that many workers in one year no matter how often you can’t walk four blocks without running into a movie set.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    I’ve notice a generational change. Relatives my age work mostly in the private sector but their children are seeking union jobs in the public sector. It’s clear that the compensation and early retirement is attracting the younger generation. The NYPD website boasts in its recruitment page that upon retirement an ex-cop can look forward to $2.2million of compensation benefits … pension, healthcare, etc. I estimate teachers average about $1million.

    Here’s the endgame: once Obama (et.al.) nationalizes the healthcare industry, healthcare workers will want parity with police and teachers. This will double government obligations and 25% of the population will be looking forward to retiring as millionaires. … sure, right, and I’ve got a bridge to Brooklyn to sell you.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      New York has over 100 billion in unfunded pensions so the ripple effect will kick in