Share
Commentary

Warren Says 'Unions Will Rebuild America's Middle Class' Despite Participation Numbers Dropping

Share

For most Americans, the passage of Labor Day is a reminder that summer is over or, if you’re more sartorially minded, to stop wearing white. In fact, its associations with organized labor are almost entirely glossed over nowadays.

For Democrats, however, the Labor Day holiday is a chance to show their organized labor bona fides. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in particular, was especially vociferous about it on social media this year, with the 2020 presidential hopeful claiming that “unions will rebuild America’s middle class.”

It’s too bad that America doesn’t seem to be listening, given the fact that the number of workers who are in unions is dropping.

So, first, the Warren tweets, which were effusive in their praise for the labor movement.

“Unions built the middle class—and unions will rebuild the middle class. If we want more good American jobs, then we need stronger unions and more power in the hands of the people. I’m proud to be fighting alongside our unions,” she wrote in the first one, complete with the hashtag #LaborDay.

Trending:
Bombshell Report: Maricopa Official Resigns After Election Audio Leak - Dead People Voted, 'Bulls***' County Audit

“No matter how many times strikers and organizers have been told ‘it’s too hard, give up now,’ they’ve persisted,” she wrote in another, which was posted along with a short clip about the labor movement. “When workers organize and fight together, they win—and they can change America.”

Another noted that she began her campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts, location of the famous Bread and Roses Strike — which she, of course, expounded on:

And then there was this message for Labor Day:

Related:
Report: Experts Name New Census Phenomenon After Elizabeth Warren, And She Won't Like the 'Honor' One Bit

And another:

However, if Warren thinks locking up the union vote is a guaranteed way to get the nomination — or the presidency — she should rethink her strategy.

Do you think Elizabeth Warren will win the 2020 Democratic nomination?

Keep in mind, after all, that union membership has been trending down for decades. According to Quartz, the number of workers who are unionized in the United States is 10.5 percent, down from over 20 percent in 1984.

Only 6.4 percent of the private sector is unionized, compared with 16.8 percent in 1983.

Could a Warren presidency reverse this trend? It’s unlikely. This isn’t just limited to the United States. Worldwide, labor union membership is down as well, with almost every wealthy country experiencing a decline in membership.

The union is becoming more and more irrelevant as jobs change — as well as how we work. If Democrats like Warren remain beholden to them (and their donations), it’s going to lead them to some pretty bad political decisions. This is just doubling down on a losing strategy.

Whatever the case, it’s unlikely that unions are going to be rebuilding the American middle class (which is doing well enough in the Trump economy, by the way). They can’t even rebuild their own numbers.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



loading

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , ,
Share
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




loading

Conversation