Monday, January 05, 2015

Even in liberal Minnesota union membership is down

Minnesota, only one of two Midwestern states that will have a Democratic governor once Illinois' Bruce Rauner is sworn in next week, is still losing union members.

From the Daily Signal:
Prominent media coverage of recent protests by workers targeting Twin Cities fast food outlets, Walmart and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport gave the impression of unions on the rise in Minnesota.

Despite a "Week of Action" pickets last month, federal government labor statistics reveal a decade of decline for union membership in Minnesota and nationwide.

"The representation from the union isn't good," said Sharon Kohser, a nurse at Fairview Clinics in Burnsville, Minn., who helped lead a recent effort to sever ties with Service Employee International Union Local 113.

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