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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Richard Berman
Business groups have long complained that the Obama administration is "labor-friendly," but union membership actually has declined over the last four years to its lowest point since the 1930s.
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"The Great and Powerful Oz" was really a man hiding behind a false persona. In much the same way, Richard Berman took to these pages ("Collective bargaining is no 'right' " Commentary, March 25) and pretended to be an expert on the minimum wage.
"The continued decline of union membership, even during four years of a labor-friendly administration, is a sign that organized labor is no longer serving the best interests of its members," he said.
"For the most part, there's not a lot of union organizing going on anymore," Mr. Berman said. "They're spending more time servicing their existing membership, and not spending as much time trying to get new members. I believe that the unions understand that there aren't as many people who want to join. People don't think of unions as favorably as they used to."