Wisconsin Unions complain they can't buy elections anymore



Public sector unions in Wisconsin are whining that they can't buy elections any more. In the past they would forcibly collect union dues, and use this money and the resources of their unions to elect politicians who would give them more money--a clear conflict of interest. But now they are angry that their power has been substantially reduced..

Governor Scott Walker led a push five years ago to cut collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers, saying he needed to solve a state budget gap. Since then, union membership has dropped precipitously. Long a labor stronghold, the state has lost tens of thousands of union members, leaving Wisconsin with a smaller percentage of union members than the national average, new federal figures show.

The drop is most pronounced in the public sector: More than half of Wisconsin’s public workers were in unions before Mr. Walker’s cuts took effect. A little more than a quarter of them remain.

Awwww!

Democrats, who most often have been the beneficiaries of money and ground-level help from the unions, said they were uncertain about what the coming elections would look like

Isn't that amazing, that for once Democrats don't know the outcome of elections in advance?

Democratic political consultants are more concerned about the fate of state legislative contests, in which phone banks and extra door knocks have proved pivotal here in the past

This is why Democrats want limits on campaign spending. Because such limits never taken into account union muscle used in elections.

In addition to cutting collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers, Mr. Walker’s Act 10 generally required workers to contribute more for pensions and health plans. It forced unions to be “recertified” each year by a majority of those eligible to vote. And it ended so-called fair share requirements that public workers who opted out of union membership pay fees for the benefits of representation.

Imagine that, employees actually get to choose if they want to contribute to a union!

In Oshkosh, Cindy Lou Schultz, a former union steward who has worked at the University of Wisconsin as an administrative assistant for 32 years, quit her union last year. Her salary had barely gone up, she said, while her credit card debt soared, making the $36-a-month union dues prohibitive.

“That money is another tank of gas so I can get to work,” Ms. Schultz, 52, said, her voice suddenly cracking. “The hardest part was telling my colleagues, because you know what — I stood with them

I love this. I bet Schultz was a typical liberal who loved it when the law forced people to pay to the union. But for the first time in her life when she has a choice, she decides to keep her money for herself. This is typical liberal thinking--support collectivization in the abstract, but the minute you have a free choice, betray your principles when your own money is involved!

Democrats, who most often have been the beneficiaries of money and ground-level help from the unions, said they were uncertain about what the coming elections would look like, and what forces could take the place of depleted labor groups.

We can guess what group will take their place--newly legalized illegal aliens.



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