You can learn a lot from graphs.

It is amazing how private sector unions have lost power. However, public sector unions are still huge. (See footnote for some memorable quotes.) And it is no wonder that union leaders want America to be more like Sweden!

Interesting… danger and annual pay are not remotely connected.

Yikes! And I’ll bet that if there was a separate statistic for the “under-20-crowd” TV would be well back in the rearview mirror.

Angela Merkel strikes down calls for a ceiling on number of refugees granted asylum. It appears that her southern compatriots disagree.

Roy Filly


Multiple choice: Who made this quote. “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.

Rand Paul, Senator from Tennessee

Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

George Meany, former President of the AFL-CIO

Answer: George Meany. Public sector unions are commonplace today, but, in the 1950s, the labor movement thought the idea absurd.

The proper business of a labor union is to get higher wages, better hours and good shop conditions for the workmen. But when labor en masse plunks its vote for its own party, then the spirit of party loyalty begins to obscure labor’s objectives … So we have … workers trading votes not for the immediate objective of wages, hours and shop conditions, but for power …

William Allen White (Importantly, Mr. White, a prominent newspaper editor, was a leader of the Progressive Movement.)

There was no precise moment when the tide began to turn against labor unions in America. There was no single catastrophic event — no landmark strike that was broken, no massive organizing campaign that was turned back, no key negotiation that went poorly for labor. But beyond any doubt, since the early 1980s, unions have lost many of their resources and much of their influence.

Gary Chaison (An academic Ph.D. who is one of the leading authorities on unions)

Regarding labor unions: … eventually they become just another street gang. Spiritually, psychologically, they’ve always been just a street gang. (As Governor Scott Walker learned.)

Rudi Giuliani

(When asked what he wanted) We want more, and when it becomes more, we shall want still more. And we shall never cease to demand more… (That pretty much sums it up!)

Samuel Gompers (American Labor Union Leader)


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