The recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Union Membership in 2001 showed American labor unions gaining 17,000 members last year. The small gain reflected a loss of 35,000 members on private payrolls, masked by a gain of 52,000 in the public sector.
It is a fundamental law of economics that when the price of something goes up, people buy less of it. We see it at work in many ways in our daily lives. Opponents of smoking advocate higher taxes on cigarettes so that people won't smoke as much. When the price of gas increases, people drive less.