Why It Matters Labor

October 9, 2012 - 1:34 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2012, file photo, Connecticut Light & Power's unionized linemen rally at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn. The union, which has been without a contract since June, rallied over what they say are inadequate staffing levels. A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle class life. Labor unions are still big political players. But they have seen a steady decline in membership and clout since their heyday in the 1950s. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)