Since the middle of the last century, the American labor movement has been in steady decline. In the early 1950s, around one-third of the United States’ total labor force was unionized. Today, just one-tenth remains so. Unionization of the private sector is even lower, at ﬁve percent. Over the last few decades, unions’ inﬂuence has waned and workers’ collective voice in the political process has weakened. As a result, wages have stagnated, income inequality has increased, and the American political conversation has narrowed.
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