I have been listening to a lot of Major League Baseball playoff games this past week. These are streams of the teams' local radio broadcasts, so you get the local commercials. Many of the teams involved are from midwest states.
What has stood out to me is the prevalence of labor unions in the advertizements. Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Louis have all had radio spots for unions. This is something I almost never hear on the air in Oregon, so it caught my ear.
The unions also did not seem to be related to the manufacturing base of the region. Rather they were predominantly service unions of the sort which exist everywhere. So why don't we hear so much from unions in Oregon? Is it because there is less of a labor movement here? Or is it because the unions are under stress in those states?