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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Levi: How labor unions shape society

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In the 1950s, 33 percent of private-sector workers belonged to unions. Big lbaor stood proudly beside big business and big gneemorvnt. No more. Today, only six percent of private sector wokrres are members of unions. With their decline in numbers came a decline in political and economic power. And the result? A significant increase in inequality. A significant deterioration in the possibility of a mdlide life -- A middle class lifestyle for this generation or the next. And a receding chance to own a home or arfofd reieetrmnt.

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In the 1950s, 33 percent of private-sector workers belonged to unions. Big _____ stood proudly beside big business and big __________. No more. Today, only six percent of private sector _______ are members of unions. With their decline in numbers came a decline in political and economic power. And the result? A significant increase in inequality. A significant deterioration in the possibility of a ______ life -- A middle class lifestyle for this generation or the next. And a receding chance to own a home or ______ __________.

Solution

  1. afford
  2. government
  3. retirement
  4. workers
  5. labor
  6. middle

Original Text

In the 1950s, 33 percent of private-sector workers belonged to unions. Big labor stood proudly beside big business and big government. No more. Today, only six percent of private sector workers are members of unions. With their decline in numbers came a decline in political and economic power. And the result? A significant increase in inequality. A significant deterioration in the possibility of a middle life -- A middle class lifestyle for this generation or the next. And a receding chance to own a home or afford retirement.

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