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.