Unions have been around for more than 200 years. However, most Americans don't realize that unions have never represented a majorIty of workers in the United States.
In fact, during the 1930s to the 1950s, when unions reached their peak, unions still only represented about a third of all workers in the United States.
Since the 1950s, however, unions have been declining as a percentage of the workforce. Today, as a result of the overall growth in the U.S. economy and the job losses incurred in many heavily-unionized industries, unions represent less than eight percent of the U.S. private sector workforce.
The shrinkage of unions nationwide have led unions to rely on the government and the enactment of a misleadingly-named law called the Employee Free Choice Act (or EFCA) in order to attempt to grow again. [To read more about EFCA, click here.]
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