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Class overview What does the American Labor movement look like? o Which workers are in unions? Police, firefighters, Teachers Men and women in unions are almost equal Prediction: women will overpass men (teachers and nurses are increasing, professions are highly unionized? Hispanic is lower but it is increasing—diversity increasing There has been a decline in overall percentage in unionization Number of union members has been stable in the past 10-15 years, but percentage has been decreasing. o Who are the winners and losers amongst unions? Some unions are losers while some unions are going up Service employees going up Auto and manufacturing going down Unions in decline not being innovative Some unions are very active while others are not What are the impacts of unions on: o Employees Some positives: increase in wages and benefits In long term there is more ambiguity—because company profits might not increase as much as un-unionized companies o Employers Negative impact Bad because they reduce profits, shares are not going to go up in value o Economic outcomes Reduce turnover o Society A lot of pluses and minuses Might be a drag on the economy, but not totally clear Reduction and profits but increase in wages Arguments on both sides What explains the decline of union representation?
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