America's Strongest Labor Unions Still Have Political Power
Labor union membership has declined for decades, but some of America's strongest unions could play a big role in the 2016 election cycle.By Christian Bryant | September 7, 2015
U.S. labor union membership has been declining for decades, but some of America's strongest unions could play a big role in this election cycle.
Labor unions — groups that represent workers and fight for things like better pay, benefits and working conditions — fell out of favor with Americans after the Great Recession. According to Gallup research, the overall approval of unions dropped to its lowest point in 2009. (Video via ABC)
Many writers say unions lost members and influence over the years as unionized industries, like manufacturing, shrank.