Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wisconsin Public Unions Losing More Than Half of Their Members

Wisconsin's second largest public union, behind only the teachers' union, has seen membership fall nearly 66% since the governor enacted sweeping public union reforms:
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.
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 more than 60% of union members may be there involuntarily. That’s HUGE.
If they 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 in the unions ability to fight the new rules. 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.

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