A funny thing happened to union membership in Wisconsin

Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin was able to obtain the passage of new laws dealing with public sector unions in Wisconsin.  Their employees now actually have to shoulder the burden of paying something close to the value of their health insurance coverage and their future pension costs.  But, there was another interesting provision of the Wisconsin law…

…the state would no longer collect union dues from the state employees’ salaries.  The unions would have to collect those dues themselves.

Personally, I always wondered why a state would use the tax dollars of all residents, union or not, to employ people to do the unions’ bookkeeping, but maybe that’s just me.

As a result of the Wisconsin law, membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees dropped from 62,818 in March 2011 (before the law was passed) to 28,745 in February, 2012. 

That pretty much tells me that, if given the choice to join a union or not, most people would rather keep the cost of union dues in their own pockets. 

Of course, that may be a sign of the times. 

Under President Obama, economic growth has been pathetic.  And, now, even public sector union members know that what their union leadership promised in future benefits is never going to happen.

In any event, given the choice, union members are having second thoughts about their membership.  That’s called “right to work”…you can join a union if you want, or not if you don’t.

There’s that pesky word “choice” again. 

Why do unions and democrats seem focused on eliminating that word from our vocabulary?


18 replies
  1. dairyair
    dairyair says:

    Yeah, Gdavid, there’s “choice” and there’s “choice.” Even if the politicos–particularly the Dems–weren’t in bed with the unions, the idea of the state collecting dues for them stinks to high Heaven…

  2. JBS
    JBS says:

    Maybe the unionized government employees in Wisconsin realized that their paycheck only stretched so far. Now having to pay for their pensions and a larger share of health insurance, they needed what was left to live on. Funding a union, with its large overhead and overpaid officials, is not what a majority of the former members wanted. Good for them.
    Congratulations to Wisconsin for moving a step further away from union involvement. I would be surprised if Connecticut could ever do it.

  3. RoBrDona
    RoBrDona says:

    Yesterday’s Marquette Law Poll – Walker 52% : Barrett 45% with 4.1% margin of error.

  4. phil
    phil says:

    I never liked being part of the ‘lowest common denominator’.? If i’m good, pay me.? If I’m crap, fire my ass!

  5. winnie
    winnie says:

    Walker won’t get recalled…unless there are shenanigans at the polling places (like surprise ballots being found in parking lots a la Connecticut).?
    In any event, I happen to like the guy.? He’s saving his state and the democrats/unions cannot stand it.? Makes you wonder what exactly *their* goal is — to bankrupt the state?

    • stinkfoot
      stinkfoot says:

      Looking at the actions of our governor and legislature in CT, one might logically assume that the goal is to gut the finances of the working class through punitive taxes and find creative ways of diverting the revenue to unions instead of maintaining the infrastructure.? Is it any wonder that unions love these economy destroying liberals and are pushing for the recall of a conservative like Walker?? Expect union sponsored disruption in Wisconsin if the recall fails as it should.?? It’s too bad we can’t recall Malloy here.

  6. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    SOS is right again, ” There’s that pesky word choice again”. We could all move to Wisconsin, but not for me! It is too cold and I don’ t like the state sport of ice fishing.?

    • RoBrDona
      RoBrDona says:

      Watch out – the unions will sponsor a “no catching pickerel while drinking” law.

  7. Linda Mae
    Linda Mae says:

    I called my brother and read the paragraph from the WSJ article about the @ 50% drop in union membership.? I’m a life-time member of NEA/CEA and have supported what our union asked for since 1966.? I was totally embarrassed? by the actions of the WI union.? That they paid nothing into their pension, and so little towards their health insurance and complained when asked to do so angered me.? To me, it showed lack of integrity.? That they brainwashed their students to rally with them is unethical.? Teachers teach – never preach.? And they should provide both sides of any situation. Good luck, WI!

  8. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Well, I was in SEIU and now it various teacher’s unions, and they endorse Dems down the line.? Then they are ignored when it comes to raises etc., but can’t seem to put together the fact that the Dems are the ones screwing them, time after time.? They don’t realize that even if you don’t like Republicans, it is good to have some leverage in the form of “somewhere else to go” at voting time, which they don’t, and your state seems to be lacking as well.
    There’s stupid, and then there is lock step stupid….

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      My sister sees the “light” of her Union. I wouldn’t mind so much if Unions polled their membership and supported causes of the majority, but they don’t. They ASSUME.

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