When I travel across the country, I often hear from business leaders, politicians and even union members who say unions don’t matter anymore.
They say there was a time and place for unions — but that has passed. They cite the fact that union membership in the U.S. stands at less than 12 percent. They cite the Wisconsin recall, the passage of right-to-work laws in Indiana and the 2012 Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte, N.C., a city with one of the lowest union membership rates in the country. Unions don’t count, they say.
They are wrong. Unions matter today more than ever.