The Life of Julius: How Unions Hurt Workers

Thanks to the Obama White House for inspiring this video with its infamous “Life of Julia” slide show. Julia has mysteriously disappeared, but fortunately you can follow the life of Julius instead. AlfonZo Rachel tells the story of Julius, who worked tirelessly to have a better life for himself and his family. Why were unions working against him?

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45% of Americans 16-24 at or below minimum wage
http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2011tbl…

The sharp fall in part-time work during 2009 can be largely attributed to the federal minimum wage increase.
Casey B. Mulligan, Economist, University of Chicago, The New York Times Economix Blog
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/201…

Up to 50,000 people lost their jobs thanks to first minimum wage law.
http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/fi…
http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/fi…

10% increase in minimum wage reduces youth unemployment 1%-3%
ftp://ftp.iza.org/RePEc/Discussionpaper/­dp2570.pdf
http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/Depart…

“Unions push for state income tax hike.”
Enterprise News. April 9, 2012. Brockton, MA.
http://www.enterprisenews.com/topstor…

State and local government workers across the country receive a “premium” above their private-sector neighbors.
14.9% higher in total compensation nationally
Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. November 2012.
http://www.rifreedom.org/wp-content/u…

According to the Wall Street Journal, unions spent $4.4 billion on political activity from 2005-2011.
Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations.
Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2012.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001…

“2009: US Treasury Department saved union employee pensions at Delphi Auto Parts, but let the pensions of 20,000 non-union workers go under”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2…


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