Unions try to put labor back into Labor Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thousands of people visited downtown Kansas City, Mo., to attend the annual Labor Day Parade on Monday. The day is meant to be a tribute to working men and women.

Economists say the city's economy is growing again, but slower than the national average.

Despite a recovering economy, union membership also continues to lag. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the share of American workers in unions in recent years has fallen to its lowest levels in nearly a century.

Economists also said employers are hiring at lower wages. To combat the issue, union leaders said they believe members will come back to fight for higher wages.

"People have to make a living wage. Minimum wage is not even half of what a living wage is so people will have to look for solidarity to ban together to demand fair days wage. So they can live on their wages," Chuck Tarpley with the Plumbers Local 8 said.

Next year, Missouri will put the Right to Work issue on the ballot. The proposed legislation prohibits unions from requiring workers to join. If approved, Missouri would be the 25th state to enact such a law.

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