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The American labour movement and the resurgence in union organizing

In all of these areas, US employers have led the descent. Union density in the USA has dropped to 14 per cent for the first time in more than 60 years. For the last two decades, unions have been able to gain representation for fewer than 100,000 workers each year, far fewer than the 400,000 union jobs that are lost each year from plant closings, lay-offs, corporate restructuring, decertifications, and contracting out. Instead of the union-friendly labour law reform that unions hoped to achieve under a Democratic administration, they now watch as conservatives at all levels of government pursue an aggressive campaign to undercut severely all protective labour legislation. Deregulation, privatization, and liberalized trade policies threaten the security of workers throughout the economy.