One way to determine the power of any organization is to take a look at their numbers.
Without commenting on the good accomplished or the harm done, one has to grant the Unions are powerful forces in the social and political structure of America.
Need some proof? Here are some convincing stats. Take special notice of the last two lines.
Annual Dues Paid to Unions: $8,217,838,676
Total Union Assets: $8,804,794,935
Representational Activities: $4,081,097,858
Political Activities: $579,624,489
External Contributions: $321,121,214
Unions that fail to pass Department of Labor audits: 92%
Total union officers and staff members: 173,503 people
Total compensation paid to union officials and officers: $1,141,540,980
Total compensation paid to union employees: $2,562,757,481
Major Unions with White Presidents: 94%
Major Unions with Male Presidents: 89%
Labor Law Violations
Unfair Labor Practices filed against unions in the last 10 years: 65,529
Duty of Fair Representation 32,235
Hiring Halls 2,236
Actions of Picketers 1,742
Union Security Related (including Beck) 1,636
Coercive Statements 1,376
Source: National Labor Relations Board Case Activity Tracking System database.
Union Membership as a percentage of total U.S. Labor Force
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