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?