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Wisconsin public sector unions report drastic membership declines
Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2013 | Sean Higgins

Posted on 04/08/2013 9:16:26 AM PDT by Gorilla44

More than two years after Scott Walker’s showdown with organized labor in Wisconsin, the official numbers for the state’s public sector union membership are in — and they are down. Way down.

According a Labor Department filing made last week, 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.

Labor Department filings also show that Wisconsin’s AFSCME Council 48, which represents city and county workers in Milwaukee County, went from 9,043 members in 2011, to 6,046 in 2012, to just 3,498 now.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: publicsector; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
2013 Labor Dept. filings show thousands of people fleeing the union shakedown. Bwhahaha. Breitbart is grinning ear to ear.
1 posted on 04/08/2013 9:16:26 AM PDT by Gorilla44
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To: Gorilla44

They can’t decline fast enough for me.


2 posted on 04/08/2013 9:17:35 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

People are wising up.


3 posted on 04/08/2013 9:18:02 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Gorilla44

scott walker showing everyone how to *do* conservatism. scott walker for president!


4 posted on 04/08/2013 9:19:12 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: Gorilla44

You know what I would find fascinating? A survey of all those Wisconsin militant leftist protestors who were also Union members and find out how many of them remain - voluntarily - in the Union they publicly professed such undying love for.


5 posted on 04/08/2013 9:25:10 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: Obadiah

I wonder if they will suggest the dues paying members wear arm bands to show their solidarity?


6 posted on 04/08/2013 9:26:43 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Gorilla44

More evidence that the only way the Left maintains its support is by force. When people are allowed to freely choose, they don’t want it.


7 posted on 04/08/2013 9:26:55 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Obadiah; All

A lot of those “Wisconsin” militant protestors were from Chicago.


8 posted on 04/08/2013 9:27:48 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Gorilla44
That's how you advance conservatism: target the source of money and "volunteer" labor, cut it, and wait for it to bleed out.

The pattern is also being followed in Michigan, although the gap between right-to-work being enacted, and the date it became effective allowed too many unions to enact multi-year contracts that allows them to escape the effects for a long while.

9 posted on 04/08/2013 9:29:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: marktwain

By the way, what happened to the Great Chicago School shut down? It has dropped off the news radar.


10 posted on 04/08/2013 9:29:24 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: marktwain
A lot of those “Wisconsin” militant protestors were from Chicago.

Don't doubt it. But now those Chicago militants will be stretched thinner, having to help out more in WI and MI.

11 posted on 04/08/2013 9:30:31 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Gorilla44

I’m looking forward to it happening in Michigan as contracts run out.


12 posted on 04/08/2013 9:31:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Gorilla44

When are the recertification elections scheduled?


13 posted on 04/08/2013 9:32:57 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: PapaBear3625
now those Chicago militants will be stretched thinner, having to help out more in WI and MI.

That's exactly why I would love to see at least 2 or 3 states take up RTW at the same time to really throw them into chaos.
14 posted on 04/08/2013 9:34:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: PapaBear3625

I wouldn’t count on the long contract extensions to save the unions. It was actually only a handful of school districts and colleges and there are already lawsuits pending from within and without.


15 posted on 04/08/2013 9:36:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Obadiah

In Michigan about 40% of union members surveyed supported RTW. In fact the union conservatives were among the main push for RTW.

http://www.unionconservatives.com/


16 posted on 04/08/2013 9:47:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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17 posted on 04/08/2013 9:48:16 AM PDT by onyx
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To: Gorilla44

Scott Walker is the Thatcher of Wisconsin.


18 posted on 04/08/2013 9:51:01 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Gorilla44

Without those union dues being forcibly subtracted from their paychecks in advance, public sector employees are feeling a little bump in pay, eh?


19 posted on 04/08/2013 10:15:00 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

“Without those union dues being forcibly subtracted from their paychecks in advance, public sector employees are feeling a little bump in pay, eh?”

Yes, and I am betting that now that they’ve seen that “their world” hasn’t come to an end, more will leave and take the pay raise. My other guess is that a lot of “union” members were there by way of threat and intimidation, and only needed the government to level the playing field for them to leave. There is going to be a bump in “unemployment of union goons” in the coming months. Oh what will FUBO do when his goons are out of work and out of money?


20 posted on 04/08/2013 10:22:40 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Signalman

Making them pay dues out of pocket instead of automatic deductions. Liberals are so stupid, they actually must be led to water.


21 posted on 04/08/2013 11:00:21 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress

Like lemmings...let’s hope they drown in it.


22 posted on 04/08/2013 11:03:54 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wisconsin union ping.


23 posted on 04/08/2013 11:05:45 AM PDT by Jean S
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To: dadfly

While Walker is doing well, let’s reserve the Walker for president stuff for a more suitable time in the future.

He’s already a target, let’s not make it bigger.


24 posted on 04/08/2013 11:29:19 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: Gorilla44

Where will the democrats get their kickback money from now?


25 posted on 04/08/2013 11:48:36 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Signalman

Many already were, they just had to keep paying union dues regardless.


26 posted on 04/08/2013 11:49:16 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Ouderkirk

making yourself a political target is how it is done. make yourself the biggest target you can and then stand and deliver. cruz also seems to realize this. standing on God and principle with no fear whatsoever is exactly how scott walker has done it. that is one big problem with republicans in general. the only time the aren’t hiding in fear of becoming a target, is when they attack those who stand on principle. conservatism will not advance without expecting that a bullseye will be painted on your back.


27 posted on 04/08/2013 12:28:14 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Gorilla44

a headline you can enjoy


28 posted on 04/08/2013 1:40:42 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: dadfly

To me, it is much more effective to just quietly go about your business. Then in the end the results will speak for themselves.

The showboats always get killed by overlooking the details. Walker is doing the right thing, lay low, fight when necessary and let the results prove you were right.

Walker is doing the right things, and he should continue to keep his head down and work his will.

Talk of Walker for president is premature. Sure he’s got some victories, but the results take time. The measure of his effectiveness is not that he was able to thwart his political opposition in the short term, but in proving that they were wrong over the long haul.

Lets assume that he starts laying the groundwork now for a POTUS run starting in Jan 2015. His opponents will have a field day trying to humiliate him in the interim, and the media will make an effort to torpedo him like they have tried with Rubio.

Remember, the longer he runs the state house, the more allies and success he will build.


29 posted on 04/08/2013 5:50:32 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: Gorilla44

Excellent news.
Walker is a rising star, for sure.


30 posted on 04/08/2013 5:53:01 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Thatcher would have been proud of Walker.


31 posted on 04/08/2013 5:55:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lancey Howard
Excellent news. Walker is a rising star, for sure.

The GOPe will put a stop to that if at all possible. Their motto is to never offend a Democrat.

32 posted on 04/08/2013 5:59:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Ouderkirk

sorry, we part ways on this one. if i’m going down, i’m going down swinging. what walker has done and the way he has done it is exactly my cup of tea. there is no way to characterize what he has done, and what we have all done to support him as “keeping your head down.” that, in essence, is the republican disease. the desire to hide. the fear of exposure.


33 posted on 04/08/2013 6:58:32 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: dadfly

My point is that you keep your head down while you’re executing your plan. Work quietly and keep moving along. If you stand up and fight too soon, you risk losing the implementation. The media hates republicans and will batter the showboat relentlessly until they have nothing left.

Look at what they are trying with Cruz...but more importantly Rubio. And Rubio was out there eating it up, and then they gave him the question that was intended to end him about the earth in seven days or some such. He answered them, and the pummeled him for a stupid question intended to paint him a a religious nut.

The in your face media strategy is a guaranteed loser for our guys. Including Walker. He’s done pretty well so far, but it isn’t over and it’s not (re)election season.....yet.

Next year will be the true test of his skill and staying power. Let him win re-election and then we can see how 2016 looks


34 posted on 04/09/2013 9:58:54 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: Ouderkirk

i take your point and i think you’ve made your case. i think we’re agreed on one thing. you’ve got to walk the talk. and walker has done nothing else but walk his “incendiary to unions and statists” talk. but if you don’t execute, you’re toast, no matter what you say. agreed. you have to produce.

as Christ said, “pick up your cross and follow Me.” you will be crucified when you tell the truth. if you’re not being crucified then you’re of no worth to me as a politician (i.e., you’re not doing your job). that doesn’t mean we’re going to win them all. no not at all, evil will always win it’s share until the very end. but you can’t win if you don’t pick up your cross. thank God i believe that we only need a very few cruzes, rubios, and God love him, scott walkers to make our case and win the day. with God all things are possible.

with that i’ll put this one to rest. God bless.


35 posted on 04/09/2013 10:17:24 AM PDT by dadfly
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