Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Today's Good News - Public Sector Unions Withering In Wisconsin

Today's good news comes from Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to make public sector union membership voluntary and limit their collective bargaining rights has borne fruit. This from JSOnline:

Wisconsin's public employees are leaving their unions in droves, which should be no surprise: With passage of Act 10 in 2011, public unions in the Badger State lost many of their reasons for being. . . .

The "budget-repair bill" pushed through the Legislature by Republicans and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker limited bargaining to wages only, and then only up to the cost of living; it also required unions to recertify each year and barred the automatic collection of union dues. . . .

Relying on federal financial records, the Journal Sentinel's Dan Bice found union membership has declined by 50% or more at some unions, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48, which represents Milwaukee city and county workers. It has gone from more than 9,000 members and income exceeding $7 million in 2010 to about 3,500 members and a deep deficit by the end of last year. . . .

One would think this a success story both for the people of Wisconsin and public sector workers. But the rest of the article gives voice to critics, with the biggest complaint being that it hurts the Democrat Party. While Democrats are utterly focused on giving effected people a "choice" when it comes to abortion, that is where their support for "choice" of any kind ends.

What the left wants with forced unionization is really nothing more than indentured servitude. Moreover, nothing is more corrupting than public sector unions that have a political agenda and keys to the public treasury. Detroit is a perfect example of the end result of this blue social model.

Wisconsin public workers now have more money in their pockets, the state budget is balanced, and people are exercising their choice whether to fund a union. Only a leftie could be unhappy.

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