Unity, not Size Is the Source of Strength

The recent breakup of America's largest union demostrates a fundemental idea in strategy: that unity is the source of strength and that unity falls apart after repeated failure. Of course, the decline of labor unions has been going on for a long time, since the beginning of the eighties when, interestingly enough, unionization started forcusing on the public sector (see chart). It is a coincidence that this date also marks the rise of the political consevative movement with the election of Ronald Reagan who was the first to take action against public unions, firing air traffic controllers? My personal belief is the the decline in public education is also traced directly to the rise of teachers' unions, and with that, the increasing frustration and disrespect of the everyday folks for the union movement in general.