Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Harold Meyerson asks today, "Are American unions history?" In the private sector, which is what really matters, I think the unfortunate answer is yes. Private sector union density has already declined to about 7 percent, which is well below the level at which unions have any serious political power, and I see no chance of that number rising significantly. In the simplest possible terms, here's why I think that:
I'm curious: wishful thinking aside, is there anything wrong with this argument? I'd very much like something to be wrong with it. But I can't think of anything. Comments are open if you have any ideas.