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27 August 2011

It's Hard To Imagine Why Public Union Employees Are So Unpopular

Wendy McElroy recently wrote about unions and I found the following statistics interesting.

In December 2009 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that government employees at the state and local levels earned an average of $39.60 an hour (including benefits), while private workers earned $27.42—over 30 percent less. Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private workers have a 20 percent chance of losing their jobs in any given year; public workers have a 6 percent chance.

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