Organized labor's 2006 membership numbers have been published, and they don't look good for union bosses whose salaries depend on forced dues from unionized employees. On January 25 the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of Americans who are members of unions shrank by 325,000.
The percentage of private-sector employees in unions dropped to 7.4% a rate unseen in almost a century. Meanwhile, more than a third 36.2%, to be precise of government employees are unionized, although even that figure is down 0.3% from the previous year.
Blaming the decline on supposed employer intimidation, union leaders are desperately rallying their favored politicians around the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). If it became law, this bill would likely increase the dues money flowing into union coffers -- by removing employees' best defense against intimidation by unions and employers alike. Under current law, employees considering unionization are entitled to a secret ballot election to decide the question. Under the EFCA, however, elections would be replaced with "card check," a process under which employees receive no secret ballots but must instead indicate their preferences openly to union organizers and employers.
looks like Tony Soprano is in big trouble.