Why Unions Need to Change
Michael J. Piore, in Challenge (Mar.-~~;.1982), 80 Business Park D;., Armonk. N.Y. 10504.
American unions have claimed a shrinking share of the labor force since the 1960s, thanks largely to the rapid growth of new, hard-to-organize service industries. (Only 20 percent of U.S. workers were union mem- bers in 1980 versus 34 percent in 1955.) But now, writes MIT economist Piore, unions are in trouble even in their old power base, the mass- production industries.
After the 1930s, unions guaranteed...