Work, the Working Man, and his Union

Daniel George, Colby College


This paper is devoted to revealing the American workingman against the backdrop of current union decline. It is written on two positions: first, that unionism is becoming, indeed, already has become in large part, a sterile affair--a movement of sparse involvement, vitality, thrust; that the businesslike reserve of the staff is matched by the pervading indifference of members, who pay dues, but not much attention to leaders. Energy dwindles from within as membership scrolls get hemmed above the knees--and unions suffer from without: public approval ebbs toward disdain while government support gets reserved for election years.