From The Guardian: Justice in the factory: how Black Lives Matter breathed new life into unions

As Black Lives Matter and other social justice campaigns focus more on economic inequality, unions see an opportunity

By MIKE ELK

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 After decades of decline unions have found a new champion in efforts to organize workers: the Black Lives Matter movement.

Unions have suffered as manufacturing has moved south away from their old strongholds in the north of the US. Membership rates were 10.7% in 2016, down from 20.1% in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time the shift from manufacturing to service industry jobs has hurt them too.