No Wonder They Hate Him… Wisconsin Union Loses Half of Membership Due to Walker’s Law

Well no wonder they hate him

Hitler + Hosni = Dictator Scott Walker

Wisconsin public service unions have experienced a severe drop in membership following the enactment of Governor Scott Walker’s controversial union law last year.
FOX News reported:

Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership — by more than half for the second-biggest union — since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions.

Now with Mr. Walker facing a recall vote Tuesday, voters will decide whether his policies in the centrist state should continue — or whether they have gone too far.

The election could mark a pivot point for organized labor.

Mr. Walker’s ouster would derail the political career of a rising Republican star and send a warning to other elected officials who are battling unions. But a victory for the governor, who has been leading his Democratic opponent in recent polls, would amount to an endorsement of an effort to curtail public-sector unions, which have been a pillar of strength for organized labor while private-sector membership has dwindled.

That could mean the sharp losses that some Wisconsin public-worker unions have experienced is a harbinger of similar unions’ future nationwide, union leaders fear. Failure to oust Mr. Walker and overturn the Wisconsin law “spells doom,” said Bryan Kennedy, the American Federation of Teachers’ Wisconsin president.

Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011.

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  • Mary Leahy Buffo

    When is the other 50% gonna wise up and stop paying their dues to the pinky-ringed union thug bosses?

  • Tim in Cali

    Obama > DNC > unions > organized crime > Obama

  • Aww, the big bullies can’t force people into their corrupt organizations? That’s gotta be rough!

    And think how much more money is now in the pockets of the hard-working people of Wisconsin. Win-win as I see it!

  • jonnot

    After Governor Walker prevails on Tuesday, other Republican governors across the country—and they are in the majority–will rise up and take similar measures in their states. Especially those states in which the Legislature is also Republican. What possible excuse could they NOT have for enacting legislation that will save their states billions and help ensure that public employees contribute to their own benifts program…you know, the way every worker in the private sector does. Now, if we can similarly weaken the teachers’ unions…

  • jonnot

    Sorry, that should hav read: “…what possible excuse could they have for NOT enacting legislation…”. We need an “Edit” option here.

  • Finncrisp

    The tingle lets you know it’s working! About time we cut off the cronyism in the public labor unions.
    One would assume the “defectors” will also be Walker voters. Everybody wins. Courage and Principle trump Corruption.

  • George

    Good. There should be no support for unions that bargain with the people they helped get elected to office. If this works, the next step would be to dismantle the NEA. Public employee unions at state and federal level, i say R.I.P. With the exception of firefighters and police.

  • GoldGeneral

    That is a lot of money. Lets say they get $50 a month from each teacher, that is a loss of $1,700, 000 a month, $20,400,000 a year.

  • GoldGeneral

    I guess I should not of said teachers, because the article was about State, County and Municipal Employees.

    I would guess the teachers union has had a hit also.

  • frank smith

    Any chance we can get that to zero?

  • John H

    Yep. Labor unions are the purest form of democracy you can be forced to join and support with your hard earned wages and Scott Walker represents the greatest existential threat to their survival.

    I’m reminded of the left’s propensity to want a ‘fairness doctrine’ when it comes to political opinions on AM radio, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t like that applied to political donations from unions, just to be sure that some people’s dues were being sent to a party they were diametrically opposed to. I’m not sure how that might work for Libertarians/Independents, but it’s not like we’ll ever have to worry about it, right?

  • He is leading in the polls.

  • Militant Conservative

    Gee where is Willie?

  • GoldGeneral

    AFSCME Wisconsin Council 40 website it shows members have a choice of $35 or $40 for dues.

    So, 34,000 + $35 = $1,190,000 lost per month
    $1,190,000 * 12 = $14,280,000 lost per year

  • denocraps suck

    awwww…poor wittle union thugs

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  • Robert

    Public-sector unions advocate for members, with politicians, against the public.

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  • Jay

    The loss of Union dues is going to be devastating to WI Dems.

  • Peregrine Took, Hobbit S.O.B.

    Funny what a little bit of freedom can accomplish.

  • dt

    Just a few days left for recall!

    We all must $acrifice something!

    This is a major battle. Please rally around Gov. Walker!


  • KornKing

    I don’t know that I’d bank on the defectors voting Walker, we need to realize there were(are) probably a large # of them who are happy to be getting something for nothing, and they don’t have to mess with the magazine every month.

  • chuck in st paul

    Expect the 1.2 million people in Milwakee to cast 3.6 million votes.

  • I’d love to know more about this drop. Before the changes was public union membership required and now it’s not? If so, this drop shows that nearly 60% of union members maybe there involuntarily. That’s HUGE.

    If the were not required, it may show that they only joined because they thought the unions could get them bigger salaries and now they don’t. The problem is, I don’t understand how so many so quickly would lose faith. This makes me believe the requirement aspect was removed by the law. To me, that is a bigger story than people losing faith… to know that such a high percentage are members against their will.

  • Jay-Mac

    @theKansasCitian I would guess that the massive drop in numbers is simply because the state is no longer garnishing workers’ wages for the unions. Who wants to voluntarily hand over a chunk of their pay every month?

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  • Mad Hatter

    The Conservatives in Wisconsin can’t sit at home next Tuesday and think this is over. If/when Walker survives this, it will be a mighty blow to the Alinsky Unions and they know it.

    The Alinsky Unions have turned Wisconsin into “ground zero”, first it was the recall of four State Senators, and now Walker. The Alinsky Unions are using the recall method as a political weapon as they’ve poured millions on top of millions of dollars that they won’t have during the Presidential Election.

    If/when Walker wins next Tuesday, it will be a major turning point against these thugs that have bullied, intimidated, threatened, harassed, destroyed private property, and beat up those that have disagreed with them for well over 75 years.

  • pfitz

    Reminds me of the Tea Party posters we used to see against Obama.

  • the law that required a worker to pay union dues was always for the union leader not the union worker.

  • kathteach

    Richard Moore, a Wisconsin investigative reporter, had a very informative article in The Lakeland Times that looked closely at WEAC’s (the Wisconsin teacher union) biggest problem with Act 10 – and it’s not about the kids at all. It never was. It’s always been about their revenue stream being cut off.
    “..According to its 2009 fiscal year IRS form, the organization employed 151 people and paid them $14,382,812. That’s an average compensation total of $95,250 per employee.”
    Erik Erickson of Red State reminds us that: “After Walker’s Act 10 passed in April 2011, “WEAC found itself no longer able to forcibly collect union dues without state help, with its forced funding being diminished, WEAC decided to lay off 40% of its staff.”
    That’s right – they laid off 40% of their union staff. Look at the salaries they pay their top teacher union leaders:
    “But high-ranking union officials were doing much better than that. For instance, Dan Burkhalter, WEAC executive director, was raking in $242,807, with $177,366 in wages; government relations director Robert Burke hauled in $189,505, with wages of $128,428; information and communications technology director Nathan Harper made $189,528, with wages of $129,221; financial and membership services director Jane Oberdorf made $188,164, with wages of $131,328; affiliate relations director Robert Baxter was paid $186,461, with wages of $127,774; and collective bargaining director Daniel Holub made $165,112, with wages of $110,534.”

    “And what about WEAC president Mary Bell, the union’s public persona, who describes herself as a teacher from Wisconsin Rapids? She made $173,466, with wages of $138,031. That’s on par with Gov. Scott Walker’s salary of $144,423.”

  • bruce

    i hope this is the start of the end to all public service unions especially the communist teachers union.warker will win the election because people are sick the national socialist democrat workers party.

  • Lazy

    I’ve got a tingle up my leg!

  • Wisconsin

    Want to see where the stimulus money went in one town in Wisconsin?

    I am voting for Walker next Tuesday. Just read in my little town paper today that the recall is estimated to cost 60 to 80 million, comment from the editor section.

  • FurryGuy

    Interesting how the choice the Left wants is in reality indentured servitude to a corrupt political ideology. When given true freedom even union members vote with their feet to escape union slavery.

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  • Rick

    I plan to drive up to Wisconsin to vote for Walker as many times as I can.

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  • NancyPelosiSaysYou’reARacistSoItMustBeTrue

    HAHAHAHAHA! The union lost membership because the union membership is no longer obligatory and the union can no longer automatically deduct union dues from its workers paychecks! Do these union freakshows not realize that they are EXACTLY what Hitler would have wanted? National Socialist WORKERS (WORKERS!!!!) Party. What are these union people if not EXACTLY that?

  • Columbia

    A lot of interesting comments out here. Most of them have missed an important point about the collective bargaining rights and the Walker recall election — that the Wisconsin Government does not care about you and does not have your best interests in mind. Just because you see getting rid of the unions (and that’s what this is) as a good thing doesn’t mean that the opposite party is your friend now. Republican vs Democrat is the wrong matchup. Try powerful vs powerless. If you don’t think that’s the real matchup then you’d be in the ‘powerless’ group. Ask yourself what Walker had to promise those 14 billionares to get that 30 million in donations then ask yourself what Barrett would have to do if he actually wins.

  • Rand

    Good for Gov Walker! No one should ever be coerced into joining an organization they don’t want to belong to. If the unions were truly offering a service that benefitted its members, people would be flocking to join up. Maybe when they stop being the waterboy for big govt and crony capitalism, people will start to come back.

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