From Michael Munk:
An observation on these two articles via Portside about labor’s defeat in Wisconsin:
Within the past few years, the actual number of union members in the public sector (7.6M) surpassed those in the private sector (7.2M). The union membership rate is about 38% for public employees against only 6.9% for employees of capitalists (usually called the “private sector”to protect ideological sensitivities).
An important political issue today arises from the fact that the public generally considers that taxpayers pay from their own pockets the costs of public employees while the costs of private employment are paid from the profits of the capitalists (and are tax deductible by them). The public is less aware that capitalist’s labor costs are picked up by buyers of their goods and services.
This fact allows capitalists to hoodwink the hoodwink-able of their employees to resent public unions by ranting that they pay for the often superior salaries and perks for their neighbors in public services. Of course, if their wages and working conditions are inferior it could be because so few of them belong to unions. -MM
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