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WaPo: New Manufacturing Jobs are Largely Non-Union

“U.S. manufacturers have added a half-million new workers since the end of 2009, making the sector one of the few bright spots in an otherwise weak recovery. And yet there were 4% fewer union factory workers in 2012 than there were in 2010,” according to analysis of federal data by The Washington Post. “On balance, all of the job gains in manufacturing have been non-union.”

Organized labor and their advocates say “the decline in unionized factory jobs is a result of efforts by conservative policymakers to limit the power of labor groups. They argue the ripple effects on worker wages hurt people across the economy, not just those who work in manufacturing or belong to unions.”

Conservative economists say this shift is making U.S. manufacturing more competitive in the global economy, which could spur hiring. As these companies pay workers less, “the firms’ costs go down and they become more attractive to investors.”

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