Fair, Equal Pay, Not So Fair And Equal
Labor Unions seem like a decaying memory; over the past few years, numbers of membership of unions have dropped to a low 11.1 percent in 2015, while membership in 1983 was at 20.1%. (“Union Members Summary”) The drop-in numbers seem to be related to economic issues like the recession in December of 2007(“By comparison”). Or could it be that workers are sick of equal pay for all employees? People that belong to unions, seem tired of going to work, doing their best and not receiving any reward, recognition, or promoting for exceeding expectations, “most unions avoid the idea of being paid for how well you do the job, replacing it with being paid for how many years you’ve worked” (Kaz).
Even though the term labor union covers a general populous, the fact is that there are just 14.8 million members out of the 125 million fulltime employees the United States (“Union Members Summary”). They only make up a small portion of the work force, with all of the separate trades and career fields that are offer unions, more people opt out of joining a union due to loss being laid off because they are stuck at the lower end of seniority. Also, with the decline in numbers, workers are less likely to join in on an unpopular trend of the past (Myer). Something that may help labor unions with an increase in membership is, the proposed Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act, being promoted by congressman Marco Rubio and