But another Labor Day in Iowa also brought more statistics showing unions are still losing members. U.S. Labor Department statistics show 11.2% percent of U.S. workers belonged to unions in 2012. That figure was 20% just 30 years ago.
In July, a rare heat wave baked Alaska. Well-below normal temperatures settled in the Southeast in August, and summer seemingly skipped southern California. The weather in the past three months has been out of the norm.