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Wisconsin union membership plunging as workers exercise new rights
Washington Examiner ^ | April 9, 2013 | Sean Higgins

Posted on 04/11/2013 6:16:20 AM PDT by grundle

Two years after the protracted, bitter battle that pitted Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker against the state's public-sector unions and their allies, one thing is clear: Those unions are now shrinking rapidly.

The Badger State battle was over a law called Act 10 that reined in most state and local government employee unions, primarily by the ending the automatic deduction of union dues from workers' paychecks.

Before Walker's reforms, it didn't matter if, say, a city hall clerk or a public school teacher wanted to support a union or not. They had to pay if they wanted to keep their jobs. The money was taken directly out of their paychecks just as if it were a tax.

Big Labor feared -- and conservative groups hoped -- that without this legal requirement a lot of union members would simply drop out. That assumption has turned out to be correct.

According to Labor Department data, membership at Wisconsin's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40 -- one of AFSCME's four branches in the state -- has gone from the 31,730 it reported in 2011, to 29,777 in 2012, to just 20,488 now.

That's a drop of more than 11,000 -- about a third -- in just two years. The council represents city and county employees outside of Milwaukee County and child care workers across Wisconsin.

The drop was even starker for Wisconsin's AFSCME Council 48, which represents city and county workers in Milwaukee County. It went from 9,043 members in 2011, to 6,046 in 2012, to just 3,498 now.

The numbers came from annual filings the unions must make to the Labor Department. In other words, these membership numbers come from the unions themselves. The numbers have to hurt since the union was founded in Wisconsin.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 04/11/2013 6:16:20 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

             

I'll take Schadenfreude for $1,000, Alex !

2 posted on 04/11/2013 6:17:34 AM PDT by tomkat (-liberty or death-)
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To: tomkat

“”and child care workers across Wisconsin. “”

I live in Wisconsin and I had NO IDEA that we have UNION child care.


3 posted on 04/11/2013 6:21:47 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: CMailBag
Union Day Care

Somehow that concept lacks appeal .. sometimes it's good to be a curmudgeon !

4 posted on 04/11/2013 6:25:36 AM PDT by tomkat (-liberty or death-)
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To: grundle

Just out of curiosity, how much do union dues run?


5 posted on 04/11/2013 6:30:09 AM PDT by tiki
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To: tomkat

This really is excellent news. And they thought they would be Obama’s domestic army. Nope, that’s reserved for Holder’s people.


6 posted on 04/11/2013 6:40:31 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: tiki
When I was in the machinists, it was 2 1/2 times the average hourly wage in the local, plus a national union assessment fee. At time time I was making around $18 per hour. (close to the avg.) Dues were $53.00 per month. You had to be a member of the union to work there. I took a withdrawal in 1998 in hopes of some day getting some of my union retirement money. I'm not holding my breath.
7 posted on 04/11/2013 6:46:44 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: demshateGod

Scott Walker is a true American hero! What a brave, grounded man of principle!


8 posted on 04/11/2013 6:47:17 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: grundle

Hero Walker is a rare Republican who instead of talking he wins.
He gets results.

The typical GOP DC hero just talks and talks “I am against...bla-bla-bla’ as each passes to Os desk.


9 posted on 04/11/2013 6:47:51 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: CMailBag
I live in Wisconsin and I had NO IDEA that we have UNION child care.

Or is that some type of scam like in Michigan where people who received government checks for taking care of disabled relatives suddenly got smaller checks because they had been forcibly unionized?

10 posted on 04/11/2013 6:48:08 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: grundle

So Wisconsin voters were being asked to bend over and kiss the ass of unions for the benefit of a total of 40,000 workers?

(now less than 25,000 hee hee hee)


11 posted on 04/11/2013 6:56:28 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: grundle

it doesn’t mean their politics have changed, only their non paying of dues, I’m thinking.


12 posted on 04/11/2013 6:59:00 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: Phillyred

Amen.


13 posted on 04/11/2013 7:06:58 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: grundle

For union “leaders” it is not just a Right to Work state, it has become a “Right to Worry” State.


14 posted on 04/11/2013 7:13:56 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: CMailBag

Hell we got unionized crossing guards for the schools! makes me want to puke.


15 posted on 04/11/2013 7:14:31 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: showme_the_Glory; tiki

I heard a radio talk show guy in Milwaukee the other day mention that teacher’s union (and I believe he added AFSCME too) paid about $100 a month. That hundo goes a long way for groceries and car payments.


16 posted on 04/11/2013 7:16:31 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: grundle

I’m just curious as to how many of these ex-union members were part of the frothing-mouth, spittle-spraying, sign-toting, building-trashing crowd that marched on the capital when Walker was trying to turn that state around?

Was there any acknowledgement between the unionists as they sidled into the payroll office to “discontinue” their (now voluntary) union dues payment from their paychecks?

I can see it now. Union member enters the payroll office...

“Hello darling (to the payroll clerk). I need to make a few changes to my withholdings. Let’s add in an exemption... wife’s having another rugrat, you know. Also, been meaning to set up that Christmas account. I want to do that “Plant A Tree” one dollar donation thingee, too. Gotta save the planet, hee hee. That should do it. Oh, wait a minute, let’s goaheadandstopthoseunionduespayments. I’ll just mail them in myself. Uh... don’t tell the fellows about that Christmas account or anything, OK? We love ya darling. Keep up the good work. “


17 posted on 04/11/2013 7:18:29 AM PDT by moovova
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To: grundle

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18 posted on 04/11/2013 7:26:47 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: llevrok

To me, it spoke of nearly the opposite -

that many workers were coerced into being in unions when they didn’t want to be,

and when freed, they unjoined.


19 posted on 04/11/2013 7:28:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tom paine 2

Well we wouldn’t want the crossing guards to risk working too many hours!! (/s)


20 posted on 04/11/2013 7:29:25 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: grundle

Pretty soon, they’ll have 9 year-olds working in the textile mills for 60 hours a week at 10 cents an hour. It’s coming. #democrat


21 posted on 04/11/2013 7:29:32 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: showme_the_Glory

Thanks


22 posted on 04/11/2013 7:35:33 AM PDT by tiki
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To: grundle
... it didn't matter if, say, a city hall clerk or a public school teacher wanted to support a union or not. They had to pay if they wanted to keep their jobs. The money was taken directly out of their paychecks just as if it were a tax.

The most unbelievable part of this whole mess is that quote. How in the hell could anyone think that is fair, appropriate, deserved? How did it ever come to that in the first place? I understand full well why the unions wanted to keep the government-enforced extortion racket they had set up, but who in the hell that could call themselves American could ever support such a thing?

23 posted on 04/11/2013 7:42:11 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: tiki

Liberals aren’t too bright. I totally expect them to increase the dues to help offset their dwindling numbers. And as a result their numbers will continue to dwindle prompting yet another increase.

And within 5 years the union will be dead.

Lol.


24 posted on 04/12/2013 2:24:27 PM PDT by proudpapa (A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb!)
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To: grundle

Let’s see how elections change in WI now that the unions have less money to throw at them.


25 posted on 04/12/2013 2:32:25 PM PDT by ez (Laws are for little people. Criminals, politicians, police, and David Gregory are exempt.)
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