The political weakness of the nation’s unions was exposed in Madison on Tuesday night. The failure of a highly publicized recall vote against Republican Gov. Scott Walker is giving union busters in other states cause for celebration.

Unions, stung by Gov. Walker’s cutting job benefits and bargaining rights, tried to remove him from office. Instead, they bolstered similar anti-union efforts in other states and put a national spotlight on their vulnerabillity.

Union membership in Oklahoma has dropped significantly over the past few decades.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said union members accounted for 6.4 percent of wage and salary workers in Oklahoma. In 1990, union membership in the state peaked at 10.5 percent.

Nationally, union members accounted for 11.8 percent of employed wage and salary workers.

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