Union membership in Va. hits historic lowOuch. 26,000. In one year.
Membership dropped by 26,000 workers in 2006, and it could drop further this year.
By Rob Johnson, The Roanoke Times
Union membership in Virginia has fallen to its historic low since the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the figures in 1989.
The 26,000-worker drop to 139,000 members in 2006 left unions with 4 percent of the overall Virginia work force, down from 4.8 percent in 2005.
Virginia's decline in union membership in 2007 could be sharp again, led by the scheduled closing of Norfolk's 2,300-worker Ford Motor Co. truck assembly plant, starting in July. (link)
Sad thing is, this didn't have to be.
Had the union bosses taken my advice back when (and that of the Wobblies years prior) and devoted all their efforts - and considerable cash - to organizing labor around the globe, instead of trying desperately to hang on to the dwindling labor market share they controlled here in the USA, they would be thriving today.
Instead, the way things stand and are trending, America's labor unions will be able to hold their next annual convention at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bristol Convention Center. With every union member in America in attendance.
A shame in a way.