Union Membership Rate Falls to a 100-year Low
By Frank Spotorno
When I read the fact that according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent, with just 14.6 million wage and salaried workers maintaining membership, I thought about all Americans who can’t find a job to properly take care of their family, or put food on the table, and a roof over their heads.
In 2013, the union membership rate was 0.2 percentage points higher, at 11.3 percent. The rate of union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades. It grew slightly from 12.1 percent in 2007 to 12.4 percent in 2008. During President Obama’s first year in office, however, it fell once more, proving that this isn’t a republican or a democratic issue. It’s an American issue.
We need to turn this around. The Jimmy Taylor‘s of this country are destroying our economy while engulfing our global Eco system’s deterioration.
Are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates today's Jim Taylor's, portrayed by Edward Arnold, the evil businessmen, played in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?
Senator Joseph Harrison Paine was the evil Sr. Senator taking advise from Jim Taylor in the movie. Jefferson Smith, portrayed by James Stewart, was the junior Senator (good Senator) played in Mr. Smith goes to Washington.
They include the new entrepreneurship Millennial Generation taking advantage of the bogus free trade laws, enacted and signed by our current and former legislators who gave wings to capitalization so American corporations can settle on foreign land, house their manufacturing plants in developing countries, escape and avoid all regulatory and environmental regulations, including revenue taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, turn a blind eye to human rights abuses while thriving on slave wage earners in developing nations, avoiding health insurance, workers compensation and disability insurance, and liability insurance.
Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are among many proclaiming and supporting tax increases on their personal income, yet still keep their manufacturing facilities overseas. They claim that they are willing to pay more taxes, but when Warren Buffet claims an annual salary of only $100,000.00, while making billions on his investments, and only pays a capital gains tax of 15%, he is full of it.
They are the Jimmy Taylor’s of this country, proclaiming to support our Nation, giving millions in charitable donations, blindsiding the American people while side stepping the billions of tax revenue if they practiced a made in America philosophy.
Fortunately, there is a solution. We need to support all American manufactures and small businesses who have their build here and house their plants on American soil. They are the economic muscle that sustains the very livelihood of our municipalities and communities throughout our nation.
We need to tax and tariff imports from American companies that are manufacturing abroad, and who are redirecting their merchandise back to our homeland and selling it to the American people. These companies abandoned our homeland, get major tax incentives for relocating abroad while Americans are left to fend for themselves. This is not free trade. This is selling our Nation out!