OK, seriously, the 311,000-worker gain is the largest gain since 1983, when unionized workers represented over 20% of American labor.
Here's the part I found particularly interesting:
A total of 7.5 percent of private-sector workers were in unions, and 35.9 percent of public-sector workers.
What this seems to mean is that public-sector unions now form the bulk of the labor movement, which would include government unions, police, firefighters, and teachers.
Now, for a second, let's bop over to Delaware Watch, where Dana has an article on Christine O'Donnell dropping her suit against her employer:
Or does the sensible intuition lurk in the recesses of O’Donnell’s pretty head that since, for most people, our society is structured to require employment for survival and to thrive that no employer should have the right to threaten one’s survival or capacity to thrive without a compelling reason to do so?
Hopefully, O’Donnell will develop her intuition further and realize that when working individuals can’t afford the expense of justice through lawsuits, they naturally join forces and form unions. It’s the only way in our society that most of the “little people” in the workplace can make themselves significant.
What occurs to me is this: Remember the transitive property from math?
If A=B and B=C, then A=C.
If (A) avaricious employers don't value workers or pay attention to the rights of the little people, who must be protected from their depredations....
And (B) the best protection from such violations is to unionize....
And (C) the largest segment of our economy that has unionized is the public sector (which is a synonym for government)....
Does it then not follow that the government (C) is an avaricious employer that doesn't value or pay attention to the rights of the little people?
I know this is a smartass way to raise an important question, but think about this: if--as our Progressive friends tell us--government is to be the primary protector of our rights and liberties (therefore being essentially beneficent), then why do the people who work for the government find the need to organize to protect themselves from it?