Fifty years ago, nearly a third of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, it's one in 10.
Nationwide, 36 percent of government employees are in unions, compared to just 7 percent of workers in the private sector.
There's a reason for that, as most people recognize that unions today are generally counterproductive and bear little resemblance to the unions of a century ago. NPR has an interesting map of union representation by states, and New York leads the pack with 71% of government employees there in unions.
But one need look no further that Portland's chapter of the ILWU to understand why unions are increasingly unpopular: although an agreement was reached last Friday between ILWU and the Maritime Association, Portland's chapter continues their "work" slowdown, although workers at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are turning over containers at a rapid clip, according to a truck driver returning today from the latter ports. He was rightly infuriated by the Portland thugs.
The Hanjin Copenhagen ship has been docked at Portland's Terminal 6 for three weeks now; it's unsurprising that they've decided that the last time they'll call at Portland will be two weeks from now. This decision means that Portland's ILWU will lose 72% of their work, which means they've basically thugged most of their members right out of a job.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, ICTSI Oregon also said, "Additionally, the ILWU is failing to provide sufficient labor for needed container vessel and barge operations at the terminal. For example, the PMA today found that the ILWU engaged in an illegal work stoppage by failing to provide labor on Sunday, February 22, 2015, for the Hanjin Copenhagen. ICTSI Oregon is disappointed that the ILWU is continuing to purposely disrupt Terminal 6 operations and impact business in the Portland region."
Naturally, Portland ILWU blames ICTSI.