Skip to comments.Wisconsin Unions in Decline (AFSCME dropped over 30,000 members in just a year!)
Posted on 06/04/2012 5:34:22 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer
But the biggest drop has been in the Wisconsin chapter of AFSCME, the powerful union that represents state, county, and municipal workers. In the past year, more than 30,000 members have deserted the collective.
According to the Journal, when Walker first proposed his fiscal reforms in early 2011, AFSCMEs Wisconsin membership stood at a healthy 62,818. By February 2012, the labor behemoth had shrunk to 28,745. Its a profound shift, says George Lightbourn, the president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and the states former secretary of administration. Its similar to what Indiana experienced after Governor Mitch Daniels changed the collective-bargaining laws. If these numbers are borne out, it will significantly change the whole nature of Wisconsins state workforce and the relationship between management and employees.
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Dinosaur union death watch
This is a real feel-good story.
Bankruptcy means Nobody has Anything.....except for the commie crooks at the top of the food chain.
Just goes to show that union members don’t like to pay oppressive taxes (here called union dues) just like the the rest of us.
My democrat neighbor came over for a visit while I was unloading my truck. She mentioned that a grand-niece graduated college, got married and got hired at the local elementary school to teach 5th grade. I was tempted to tell her that her job wouldn’t have been possible without Gov. Walker reining in the teacher’s union. So much dead-weight retired last year that now young teachers can find jobs in the school system. Vote for Walker and Kleefisch tomorrow!
Right on, that is exactly what it is.
All of those people who dropped out of the Union got a pay raise.
Whatever their Union dues were.
It is what all the State House Sit-ins were all about. The Unions agreed to the cuts, but didn't want the auto deduction of dues removed. Walker won and they were...
You are seeing the results, their funding is drying up and they will metaphorically die on the vine.
The question you should ask is, why isn't the decline more given the rank and have now have to cut the check for the Union Dues and send it in...
The AFSCME goons are bombarding state workers all over the country with emails right now. The goons are scared. That’s a good thing. They’ll soon all be unemployed and will have to go out and find real jobs. When they do, I hope a bunch thugs crawl out from under a rock and raid THEIR paychecks!
Actually, over 300,000 members dumped AFCSME after they no longer had to pay exhorbitant union dues to be used by the union against the wishes of the members.
I was forced to belong to AFCSME in my last job and was angry at the time! Far from the perception that all Union shops love their unions there were a few of us who resented the feeling that we were being shaken down with the “if you want to work at this company, then you have to give us a percentage” and resented even more that the government was acting as the “Enforcer” by taking the dues out of our salaries and sending them into the Union. Unions and Government make an unholy alliance and should be banned. The government I pay taxes to support should not be able to turn around and force me to pay union dues in order to hold a government job. Watching this union fail in Wisconsin will be a wonderful feeling!
The need for unions boils down to extorting money at this point in time. The money is used to pad their pockets and the pockets of Dem candidates. Time and again I would receive phone calls and mailings from AFCSME advising me who to vote for in each election. Imagine how surprising it was to find that the BEST candidate for “my interest” was ALWAYS the Dem candidate. The Union magazine was a complete propaganda flyer and, much like an earlier poster claimed - the people in the pictures were frequently obese, hardly an image that made one imagine that hard work was their priority.
Unions purpose is to launder taxpayer money for DemocRAT campaigns.
SEIU ... Andy Stern needed some new scam to empower him. The droogs of union ilk are so easy to manipulate don’tchaknow.
By this time tomorrow, Governor Walker will have completed handing AFSCME its AZZ.
Don’t be surprised if more of the union membership votes for Walker than the Dems expect.
I’m not up to speed on the 4 GOP senators up for recall, does anybody have any opinion on that? (we need all 4 to retain control of the WI senate)
Looks like Walker picked up about 30,000 votes.
Pray for America
Yes it is. That’s why I posted it.
That’s a shame.
I’ve been on both sides. Definitely prefer non-union employment. The union I worked for decades ago used to deliberately slow down work to maximize overtime. The factory was eventually moved to Mexico. Brilliant. Simply brilliant. /s
Not that I doubt you, but could you point me to where the 300,000 number comes from? Thanks.
“I was tempted to tell her that her job wouldnt have been possible without Gov. Walker reining in the teachers union. So much dead-weight retired last year that now young teachers can find jobs in the school system.”
Yep, I’m one of those younger teachers too. Glad to hear Gov. Walker getting everything together!
Put a fork in it the unions are dead and Walker wins. 30,000 union members have left. Are you going to tell me that 30,000 people are now going to vote against Walker so the unions can take dues out again? Fat chance. They either stay home and do not vote for the democrats or they make sure and vote and 30,000 vote against the unions. Either way the unions are screwed. The recall is dead.
Walker wins. Period end of sentence.
Wisconsin employment numbers for govt employees went down just through attrition. Probably helped that the unions couldn’t dictate how large the staffs (classrooms) were.
Whether they "like" to pay or not, they generally pay 2 hours pay per month, a little over 1%. Not really "oppressive", the repressive part is that they "have" to pay or should say "had".
Well, my last post was inaccurate. I was basing that on a 40 hour week and teachers don’t work a 40 hour week, not even close.
In government, there is no interested adversary to the union. The government has the ability to simply demand more revenue and thus has no incentive to quell union demands. Additionally, there are few government employees whose safety is imperiled working for government, so a safe workplace is not a concern.
Don’t know what state it was but I have read of union dues for public school k-12 teachers was north of $1000/year. That is a lot of money!
I’ve been out of town for the past few days and heard the news on radio only about Walker’s win in Wisconsin but didn’t catch the margin of victory. Do you know the numbers?
Walker won with 53 percent of the vote while Barrett received 46 percent, a slightly larger margin than when the two ran against one another in