The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

There was a time in America when labor unions were powerful.  Yes, it’s true, they often abused that power.  But, now that they cast only a weak shadow of their former stature, we can plainly see the great costs of their decades-long demise.  The most expensive of those costs, a persistent erosion of middle class prosperity, can be visualized in statistical graphs comparing just a few common economic indicators.

The first was put together several years ago by myself on another blog and republished here (in a condensed form) right before the 2012 presidential election.  From The Secular JuristGraph shows when Middle Class began to erode:

Class War Graph (full size)

Compare that one to two 2014 graphs from Daily KosThe tight link between unions, the middle class and inequality in two charts:

Class War Graph - AFSCME 1

Class War Graph - AFSCME 2

The linkage between union participation in the workforce and American middle class…

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