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Are unions beginning to collapse?
Fox News ^ | July 2, 2012 | Gary Shapiro

Posted on 07/03/2012 5:35:10 AM PDT by Zakeet

Government unions tout their ability to get workers higher salaries and better benefits, but union workers are finding that unions cost them more than they are worth. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was able to pick up nearly 40 percent of union households when he triumphed recently in his recall election. But this is just one example. On June 21, the Supreme Court struck another blow when it ruled that public-sector unions could not just extract dues from non-members without proper notice.

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Many union members object to their union’s political spending. In fact, 80 percent believe that a government job should not come linked to union membership and compulsory political giving – all enforced by paycheck withholding from the government employer. Not only are workers paying for campaigns they don’t support, but also unions are using that money to enact anti-business policies like bailouts and shutting down profitable companies.

The public is also growing ever more concerned about the cost unions impose on taxpayers. Approval on June 25 by Governmental Accounting Standards Board of new accounting rules adds a new urgency to government worker pension reform and further calls into questions the relationship between government employee unions and the governments they are used to controlling. Some 126 states and municipalities will soon face an additional shortfall -- estimated at $600 billion -- in pension liability for their employees. Voters have no choice but to re-examine how and why employee unions have gotten such favorable and expensive treatment.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: righttowork; unionization; unions

The unions realized that if they lost the mandatory dues and collection their membership would fall, and they were right. The Wall Street Journal reported that between March 2011 and February 2012 the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union in Wisconsin lost 45 percent of its dues-paying members.

1 posted on 07/03/2012 5:35:15 AM PDT by Zakeet
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...union workers are finding that unions cost them more than they are worth...

Oh I don't know, ask all those union steel workers in Pittsburgh. Oh, that's right, they drove the cost of steel production up so high the companies all folded and left. How are those great union benefits working out for you all?

Unions may have had a time when they were a benefit to their members. That time is long (decades) past. Now they are just another corrupt power broker taking advantage of their members worse than any company ever did.

2 posted on 07/03/2012 5:56:32 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Zakeet

I guess it depends on the definition of “collapse” here. FInancially they may fold in upon themselves, but like all such organizations there are ‘true believers’ who will stick by it thru thick and thin. Unions will not disband while ODrama is in office, nor while Senior Dems are so beholden to them. Like the KKK, they’ll fade from sight until the conditions are right, then come back.


3 posted on 07/03/2012 6:02:54 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Zakeet

I do not understand what that lady’s sign is saying.


4 posted on 07/03/2012 6:04:06 AM PDT by impimp
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To: impimp

Unions collapsing...One can hope.


5 posted on 07/03/2012 6:05:05 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Zakeet

Answer? Doctors and nurses = Unionized government employees.

Part of Apollo group’s plan.


6 posted on 07/03/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: hal ogen

Of course they are collapsing. They are only interested in amnesty because of the influx of potential members that they can extract dues from. As a teacher, our dues come out of our paycheck AGAINST MY WILL. I found out a few years ago that I can request my dues above the insurance (not health) policy cost be refunded. Insurance cost is only about $100 per year, so I fill out paperwork to get the $400 back due to they use it for political purposes that I don’t agree with. It is like pulling teeth, but I do get my refund.


7 posted on 07/03/2012 6:12:27 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: impimp
I do not understand what that lady’s sign is saying.

Must be a public screwel teacher.

8 posted on 07/03/2012 6:17:33 AM PDT by ImpeachRoberts
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To: Zakeet

John Roberts can simply decree that union membership is mandatory.

Problem solved.


9 posted on 07/03/2012 6:23:01 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Oh I don't know, ask all those union steel workers in Pittsburgh. Oh, that's right, they drove the cost of steel production up so high the companies all folded and left.

And many of them are still sitting around down in the Mon Vally sincerely believing that they could all be brought back, if only we'd elect the right politician.

Whatta bunch of maroons.
10 posted on 07/03/2012 6:23:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: impimp

I think the literary genius who made the sign meant “Unions ‘are’ my cup of tea.”


11 posted on 07/03/2012 6:36:37 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: RobinOfKingston

Or her sign could have meant that she was speaking for the group and herself.

I write sentences like that when I’m trying to clarify my meaning, rewrite the sentence and forget to take a word out. Most of the time I catch it.


12 posted on 07/03/2012 7:06:31 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Zakeet

Unions have been collapsing under their own weight. They constantly want more money than their labor generates.


13 posted on 07/03/2012 7:43:15 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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