The news that unions lost 400,000 members in 2012 as reported in the Jan. 23 article, Unions suffer sharp decline in membership, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone except union officials. Labor leaders created unfunded pension plans that are short by $369 billion, get caught with their hands in the union cookie jar weekly, spent billions on political campaigns and pushed for a strike at Hostess last year that killed 11,700 union jobs. Meanwhile, many of these same leaders make salaries that reach as high as $490,000.
If union officials want to stop shedding members, they should reflect on whether they’re truly serving their needs.
Richard Berman, Executive Director, Center for Union Facts, Washington, DC