Changing Landscape of Unions
At the inception of unions, its members consisted of “blue-collar”
workers concentrated in the manufacturing sector. Today, only about 35%
of union members remain in this sector, which requires unions to expand
beyond manufacturing to broaden their membership ranks.
In a two-to-three page paper to submit to your instructor, detail
the following in relation to the changing landscape of unions:
Discuss how union membership has evolved over the past century.
Evaluate how unions have modified their philosophy to accommodate this shifting landscape.
Propose two reforms unions should consider to broaden
their appeal to a workplace environment that is becoming less dependent
on the manufacturing sector and in which companies can more easily shift
operations overseas to take advantage of lower wage rates.