Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Now that’s just sad.

failingThe Hudson Institute released a report yesterday that compared union-negotiated pension plans to private pension plans– and found the union plans in a very bad situation.  While the results are no surprise, they are still shocking.

The report found that 35% of non-union plans, compared to 17% of union pension plans, are fully funded, among large plans. At the 80% funding threshold, 86% on non-union pensions comply, but only 59% of union pensions met the threshold.  1% of non-union pensions were critical, while 13% of union pensions were.  Small private pension plans also fair better than small union pension plans.

The Hudson Institute goes on to discuss how unions spend money to contribute to political parties, not to fix their failing pension plans– perhaps because a clause of the proposed health care bill is “rumored” to bail out these pension plans and the Employee Free Choice Act will further fund these failing pension plans.

And how is that? The Hudson Institute wastes no time in calling unions out for pursuing the Employee Free Choice Act for financial gain—specifically to pull in new union members to fund the plethora of failing union pensions across the country.  The report states the following:

“Our report reveals why organized labor is so eager to gain new members through proposed legislation like the Employee Free Choice Act – they need to help bankroll these failing pension plans with new dues-paying members,” said Ms. Furchtgott-Roth.

“With the current low levels of union membership, unions are doing their best to recruit new members. The advertised benefits of joining a union sound appealing, but there is a widespread pattern of poor performance among collectively-bargained benefit pension plans that everyone should know about.”

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