After two days of swooning over Obama's "We Are Proud Liberals Who Are Right About Everything" inaugural speech, the NT Times comes home to a grim reality. First, the gun ban won't be happening any time soon:
Democrats in Senate Confront Doubts at Home on Gun Laws
And Union Power is fading to black:
Share of the Work Force in a Union Falls to a 97-Year Low, 11.3%
And that includes public sector unions; in the private sector the picture is ludicrous:
The percentage of workers in unions fell to 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011, the bureau found in its annual report on union membership. That brought unionization to its lowest level since 1916, when it was 11.2 percent, according to a study by two Rutgers economists, Leo Troy and Neil Sheflin.
Labor specialists cited several reasons for the steep one-year decline in union membership. Among the factors were new laws that rolled back the power of unions in Wisconsin, Indiana and other states, the continued expansion by manufacturers like Boeing and Volkswagen in nonunion states and the growth of sectors like retail and restaurants, where unions have little presence.
Labor unions have boasted of their political successes in helping re-elect President Obama and in helping Democrats pick up seats in Congress.
But the figures announced by the bureau point to grave problems for the future of organized labor. The portion of private sector workers in unions fell to just 6.6 percent last year, from 6.9 percent in 2011, causing some labor specialists to question whether private sector unions were sinking toward irrelevance. Private sector union membership peaked at around 35 percent in the 1950s.
The BLS release is here; Pravda OTH did not highlight this fact (but I did):
In 2012, 7.3 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.0 million union workers in the private sector. The union membership rate for public-sector workers (35.9 percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private-sector workers (6.6 percent). Within the public sector, local government workers had the highest union membership rate, 41.7 percent. This group includes workers in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police officers, and firefighters.
Pretty soon unions will exist only to shake down taxpayers so they can contribute to Democrats.